Manchester United will need another miracle at Camp Nou if they are to reach the last four of the Champions League, after they were beaten 1-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter final meeting at Old Trafford.
Luke Shaw's ill-fated own goal after ten minutes proved decisive, as the home side failed to take advantage of a scrappy display from their visitors in an unimpressive duel.
Luis Suarez thought he had broken his run of Champions League games away from home without a goal, but in the end his header deflected off Luke Shaw and will go down as an own goal.
Suarez hasn't netted on the road in Europe since September 2015, but he forced Barca's opener after good work by Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi.
The Argentine cut a ball to the back post where Suarez headed at goal, with Shaw nudging the ball into the far corner by accident. However Barca could not add to their lead and United began to have the better of the game.
De Gea saved from Coutinho and Suarez fired wide, while Rashford missed the target and Dalot headed wide at the other end. Anthony Martial had one final big opportunity to send United to Catalonia next week on level terms, but a heavy touch allowed the faultless Gerard Pique to intervene.
This was Barcelona's fourth Champions League victory against Manchester United, with each one coming in a different stadium (Camp Nou, Stadio Olimpico, Wembley and Old Trafford).
But Solskjaer's side will take encouragement from last month's jaw-dropping win at Paris St Germain, where United became the first side in Champions League history to overturn a first-leg home defeat of two goals.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, "There were pluses and negatives. We started sloppy and a bit nervous. After their goal we settled and played well.
"We had very good individual performances in midfield. At times it felt like a proper United team - the crowd were behind us, we got out wide and got crosses in.
"We didn't start great, but it was a great goal and movement from Messi and Suarez but they're fortunate it comes off Luke Shaw. It's a blow but we settled well. We're still in this tie."
United are still well in the contest after the result, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to inspire another miracle at the Nou Camp to keep their dreams alive.
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