Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League

Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League

The game itself was an even contest for most of the first half, though PSG took control in the second as United struggled to adapt after losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to injury. We're going to have to go there, believe in ourselves, play a good game and improve from today obviously.

Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were a just reward for the impressive PSG.

A brilliant team goal then doubled United's trouble soon after when Mbappe was again too quick for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to meet Di Maria's low cross.

That's why they're among the favourites for the Champions League but that's the level we need to aim for as a club.

"This is a top, top team we played against".

"We needed to stay united with the two central midfielders playing together nearly as two number sixes to take the game in the opposition half and control the pace there and use the rhythm to create chances".

After a run of 10 wins and one draw in 11 games since Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, defeat is a reality check for United's revival and they have a mountain to climb when the sides meet again for the second leg on March 6.

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"The reaction in dressing room is disappointment but when we go to Paris we'll give it a go", he said.

Yes, it was a disappointing defeat on a flat night at Old Trafford, but that is not a reflection on Ole - more a reminder of how far this United team is from being a side that can win the Champions League.

For starters, Solskjaer was managing Cardiff at the time, left and went back to Molde for a second spell before being "loaned" to his beloved United as interim boss until the end of the season.

"I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez", Solskjaer said. "We're Man United, we always bounce back". The Chilean was largely anonymous after coming on as a first-half substitute and afterwards Solskjaer insisted it was up to him to get back to his best. 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.

Following the loss, Solskjaer defended the way his team played and admitted they were a class below PSG.

"And we never got to grips with it in the last half hour". He had a bit of a hard time because I was close to him.

Solskjaer can still prove his worth in upcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, but he needs to deliver in at least two of those games to prove he can be an option for the United hierarchy in the long term.

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