Former Everton defender, Joseph Yobo has noted that Barcelona’s mental strength was the reason they beat Manchester United in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford.
United defender Luke Shaw diverted Luis Suarez’s header into his own net in the first half to leave the Red Devils with the slim deficit ahead of next week’s return leg.
Speaking as a co-analyst on SuperSport, alongside ex-Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, Yobo lauded the efforts of the Catalans in seeing out the game and boosting their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.
“They didn’t play their best game tonight but we saw a Barcelona side that was very professional”, Yobo said in his post-match analysis.
“They came here needing a result from it, and they just stuck their heads into it and got that win. It’s a good one for them to take back home.
“They looked a bit tired in the second period but credit to them, they remained mentally outstanding,” he added.