Why Manchester United lost to PSG - Eric Bailly

Solskjaer congratulates goalkeeper David de Gea after victory at Fulham

I thought that after they lost at home to Juventus in October and, although they now have a different manager, as a team they are still in exactly the same place, which is well behind the leading European sides.

"When we go to Paris we'll give it a go".

"The big thing for Man Utd is finishing in the top four and potentially winning the FA Cup would be an incredible achievement". That has to be the focus now. "We are a good team".

Could United have done anything differently?

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

Despite the introduction of Romelu Lukaku, alongside the likes of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata, the home side were toothless in the final third as they tried to claw their way back into the game having fallen behind.

When the draw was announced and United were struggling under Jose Mourinho, that perception was the other way round.

"Now we're going to forget about this game".

"PSG have too much European nous, too much class".

But what was striking to people around the team was how composed Tuchel and his players were. United's attacks also foundered on Thiago Silva, the Brazilian centre back, who is such a clever player.

I would say a maximum of two - Pogba and David de Gea - which tells you how far United are away from mounting a serious challenge in the Champions League.

"We had many midfielders and we are used to playing with more forwards so we had to adapt". "When he plays he needs to find himself because there's a quality player there". The balls forward from Nemanja Matic, crosses from Ashley Young and surges from Pogba were all dealt with. "Unfortunately, the second goal came next, so it's a shame". "I think the past is the past, and you create history, don't tell them".

But they did. PSG's injury-hit team went to Manchester, saw what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had for them, and conquered.

United have got decent defenders like Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, who is another player that has been impressive under Solskjaer, but both of them would be better alongside a really commanding centre-half.

They soaked up United's pressure and early high tempo.

By virtue of a superb second half showing, PSG earned their first win against an English side in Europe since beating Chelsea 2-1 in March 2014.

Phil Neville was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.



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