Solskjaer admits PSG showed United another level

Syndicate Post image

PSG have struggled on the road in the Champions League against elite opposition but showed little sign of nerves as they stroked the ball around confidently.

"You just need somebody to grab the game by the scruff of the neck", Hargreaves said on BT Sport.

After 10 wins from his first 11 games in charge, Solskjaer admitted the French champions had given them a "reality check".

Former United winger Di Maria, booed from the outset by sections of the crowd, had the last laugh when he collected a fine pass from Marquinhos and set up Mbappe for the second goal.

United will be without its French playmaker in the second leg on March 6 in Paris after he received a second yellow card in the 89th minute for a lunge on Dani Alves.

United had to play the second half without forwards Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, who picked up injuries, and their night got worse in the 53rd when Kimpembe ghosted in unattended at the back post to volley home a corner from Angel Di Maria. They are muscle injuries so we will have to wait a couple of days'.

"I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez", Solskjaer said.

None of the previous 34 teams to lose the first leg of a Champions League knockout match at home by two or more goals have progressed to the next round - that is the size of the mountain they need to scale.

"You can see that we've not played games at this level for a while and we'll have to learn from this experience, because it was one of those experiences that can go either way".

The Parisians despite playing away from home scored twice in the second half of the Champions League round-of-16 fixture at Old Trafford. We're going to continue.

Back in December everyone knew it was going to be a tough night for United, a bit of form and a couple of injuries for their opposition didn't change the fact that PSG are very good, as they proved on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils moved into the top four for the first time this season after a 3-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

There has been much clamour for the 45-year-old to be confirmed as permanent manager, understandably so considering his immediate impact, but it will perhaps be the coming weeks that will define United's season and in turn his potential future at the club.

Related:

Comments


Other news