Champions League: PSG inflicts Solskjaer’s 1st United loss

Champions League: PSG inflicts Solskjaer’s 1st United loss

Champions League: PSG inflicts Solskjaer’s 1st United loss

Having a good run in the Premier League is one thing, but doing it against the big boys at the sharp end of the Champions League is something else.

Former United winger Angel Di Maria was the architect of the Ligue 1 side's victory in the Champions League last 16, first leg, the Argentinian setting up two quick-fire goals early in the second half.

Solskjaer's United were put to the sword after making two enforced changes around half time - Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were replaced by Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata - and it ultimately saw their hard-pressing game fall by the wayside.

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Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe struck in a seven-minute spell just before the hour mark as PSG displayed their credentials to finally become champions of Europe for the first time, especially once they get the world's most expensive player Neymar and Edinson Cavani back from injury.

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. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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. This was the first time that Solskjaer's credentials have taken a jolt and that the reality check came in the Champions League is not good news for him.

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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. After having a bottle thrown at him by United fans, Di Maria helped to complete a counterattack by crossing for the advancing Mbappe to score. It has to be one that we are going to learn from. When they got that one, it was a poor goal to give away.

The 20-year-old World Cup victor slotted a huge chance wide on the half hour mark, although Mbappe would likely have been ruled offside by VAR, on its introduction to the Champions League, even if he had found the net. Any hope of a United comeback in Paris suffered another huge blow when Pogba was dismissed late on for catching Dani Alves with a raised boot.

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