PSG hands Man United first defeat under Solskjaer

Doug Mendoza
February 13, 2019

I'm happy he stayed confident.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had won 10 of his 11 previous games in charge across all competitions but injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard proved damaging to their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. Substitute Alexis Sanchez struggled to impose himself up front. "We knew they wanted to score and we did it".

But Solskjaer admitted that PSG were on "another level" but that he expects his players to respond positively and insisted it was "not impossible" to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second leg in France on March 6, despite the "big blow" of Paul Pogba being suspended after his red card.

But having come off the bench to score the victor in the 93rd minute of the 1999 final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer is the man who epitomised more than most the "never say die" attitude of many Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United teams.

'Man United played at home and had one shot on goal in a Champions League game - that tells you about the difference between the two teams'.

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PSG was expected to represent the stiffest of tests, but recent injuries to Neymar and Edinson Cavani will blunt an attack which scored a Champions League-high 17 goals in six group-stage games.

"It was one of those experiences that can go either way", Solskjaer said.

Arsene Wenger has criticised Manchester United's performance against PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night and says they were completely blown away in midfield.

Di Maria turned provider yet again 7 minutes later as he exploited the gaps left by Manchester United on the left wing as they pushed up searching for an equalizer to tee up Kylian Mbappe for the French team's second of the night. It has to be one that we are going to learn from.

United play Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday and Solskjaer wants to see some fight from his players in when they get back to Carrington to prepare for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

"I think this result is not going to hurt us because of the way we lost", Ander explained. United need a coach to make a difference at this level, in the way that Tuchel did by overcoming injury and tactical headaches to secure victory.

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