At Goodison Park, a grim reaper appeared behind then manager David Moyes. There will be no grim reaper.
A video clip has now emerged on how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to change his formation in the second half of the match.
Then, Hrsito Stoichkov and Romario destroyed United.
He also has potentially three extra games now to reduce the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo's unbeaten 126, after Juventus were knocked out by Ajax.
The Catalans have superior players than United, a clearer philosophy and recruitment strategy.
"We've got a lot of good players to work with but as I have said, we have a rebuilding job".
Instead, Barca have a plan B, C, D and E. United are looking at appointing a sporting director; Barcelona have three in senior positions.
Four minutes later he did something similar with his right foot (all be it with the aid of some poor goalkeeping from David de Gea) and Barca's place in the last four was secure.
"They were a couple of levels above over the two games".
"You can't pick and choose when you want to play games of football because somewhere along the line it'll come back and bite you".
In the end as Barcelona brought on the subsitutes, United did well to stave off a slaughter.
Solskjaer also might want to strengthen the right wing, where Jesse Lingard is now first choice.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: "Ole's wheels look to have officially fallen off, and we think his days are numbered already". Messi showed his quality.
It was that same perfectionism and idealism that gave rise to the greatest team the world has ever seen, to Pep Guardiola and to Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi. We know that we have the chance to do something important for the club, for the fans, and for us.
"We've done really, really well to get to the quarters and challenge for the top four".
This time there was no Manchester United Champions League miracle at the Camp Nou as the magic of Lionel Messi and the visitors' mistakes helped Barcelona cruise into the semi-finals of the Champions League. Football is cyclical and United enjoyed enough success to last a lifetime under Ferguson.
The Argentine footballer Messi scored the first goal for Barcelona in the 16th minute.