Weekend in Sport: Messi inspires Barca, crisis averted at Man Utd

Updated 8:52 AM ET, Mon September 3, 2018

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(CNN)Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho dedicates victory over Burnley to club's vice-chairman ... Cristiano Ronaldo still waiting to score for Juventus in Serie A ... Lionel Messi on the mark for Barca ... Here's your Monday recap from a weekend of sport.

1. Messi inspires Barca to eight-star display

The reality of life in La Liga hit minnows Huesca like a knockout punch from a heavyweight boxer.
Despite enjoying the perfect start with teenager Hernandez putting the underdogs ahead in the third minute, the newly-promoted side suffered an 8-2 thumping by Barcelona at the Nou Camp Sunday. Ouch.
Lionel Messi scored twice and provided two assists, while Luis Suarez recorded a brace and Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba also made it onto the scoresheet. Jorge Pulido assisted the Catalans with an own goal. When it rains, it pours.
Barcelona has won all three of their opening La Liga matches
Huesca had lost 8-1 in its only previous match at the Nou Camp, in the Copa del Rey in the 2014-15 season, so at least this was an improvement of sorts.
    "I'm happy because we created many chances but I'm not satisfied with the two goals conceded," said Barca manager Ernesto Valverde.
    The win moves unbeaten Barcelona to the top of La Liga, level on points with Real Madrid, which beat Leganes 4-1 Saturday thanks to a Karim Benzema brace and further goals from Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos.

    2. Pressure eases on Mourinho

    Next to the north of England where all eyes were on how Manchester United would respond following two consecutive league defeats which had led to growing criticism of manager Jose Mourinho and the club's vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
    The club's torrid week ended with a much-needed 2-0 victory at Burnley and Mourinho dedicated the win to Woodward, who was labeled "a specialist in failure" in a banner that was flown over Turf Moore before kick-off.