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Barcelona's Lionel Messi receives medical attention after sustaining a blood injury in the first leg quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night

Barcelona's Lionel Messi receives medical attention after sustaining a blood injury in the first leg quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi receives medical attention after sustaining a blood injury in the first leg quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night

Luis Suarez returned to Old Trafford to haunt Manchester United last night, as Barcelona snatched a 1-0 first-leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final.

United defender Luke Shaw was credited with getting the final touch on Barcelona’s priceless away goal, but it was former Liverpool bad boy Suarez leading the celebrations as his header paved the way for the game’s opener after 12 minutes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds grew into the game from the mid-point of the first half and at times had Barcelona rattled. But, as much as they frustrated the visitors, they failed to get a shot on target and Solskjaer’s side suffered a fourth loss in five matches to leave them facing an uphill battle in Spain.

United defender Chris Smalling said: “For large spells we made it difficult for them but unfortunately we couldn’t get the goal.”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo produced yet another quality goal to help Juventus to a 1-1 draw at Ajax Amsterdam.