Joseph Yobo praises Barcelona after Manchester United win

Luke Shaw’s own goal handed the Spanish giants a first leg advantage at Old Trafford in the last eight of the elite European competition

Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo has lauded Barcelona’s performance in their 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Wednesday’s Champions League first leg quarter-final game.

Luke Shaw’s own goal 12 minutes into the encounter proved decisive to hand Ernesto Valverde’s men an advantage going into the second leg.

Although the 38-year-old who made seven appearances in the top European competition admitted the not-too-impressive performance from the Spanish giants, he has hailed the ‘professionalism’ and ‘mental’ strength of the side.

“They didn’t play their best game tonight but we saw a Barcelona side that was very professional”, Yobo said on SuperSports.

“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.”

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The return leg will take place at Camp Nou on Tuesday, April 16.