Barcelona beat Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals in 2019, with Messi netting twice in the second leg.

McTominay: “Messi is 100 per cent the best player in the world”

Scott McTominay has said that Lionel Messi mistakenly blamed him for elbowing the Barcelona star during the Champions League clash with Manchester United. Barcelona beat Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals in 2019, with Messi netting twice in the second leg. In the first leg, Messi was in a collision against Red Devils defender Chris Smalling, ending with the Barca captain receiving an elbow to the face. When McTominay sent United goalkeeper Sergio Romero to ask Messi for his jersey. He was reluctant because he thought it was the Scotland international who gave him a bloody nose. When asked who he considers the best player in the world, McTominay told reporters: “Messi, 100 per cent. Yes, Messi, Messi. I got his shirt, you know?

“So, whenever we played against him for Barcelona in 2019, Chris Smalling elbowed him, and his nose was bleeding. And he thought it was me. Because I told Sergio Romero: “Can you please ask Messi to get his shirt?’. Sergio comes back and says: ‘Oh, he thinks you were the one who elbowed him on the halfway line’. I said, “No, no, no, no – tell him it wasn’t me, so make sure I get this shirt out because I have it in my bedroom’. So he knows it wasn’t I. I’m sorry, Chrissy, but he kicked him a little. United set up a last-eight tie with the Spanish side after coming from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round. Barca won 1-0 at Old Trafford through Luke Shaw’s own goal before securing a 3-0 win at Camp Nou.

The Blaugrana nearly made it to the final as they beat Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of the semi-final, only for Jurgen Klopp’s side to rebound with a 4-0 home win.