Coutinho sends message to critics after stunner against United
Just after the hour mark of Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United, Philippe Coutinho unleased a vicious strike from outside the area to beat the helpless David de Gea and end any chance of a United comeback.
It was a trademark Coutinho goal - cutting in from the left before curling the ball into the far corner from distance - but his celebration was anything but routine. The Brazilian playmaker stood facing the crowd with his fingers in his ears, signalling that he was fed up with the constant criticism of his performances at the Spanish giants.
His blocking of his ears suggests that he is not willing to listen to anymore talk from the press, and Barça fans will hope this is a turning point in his azulgrana career as he looks to establish himself in the midfield three before the arrival of the impressive Frenkie de Jong from fellow Champions League semi-finalists Ajax in summer.