Why Manchester United lost to PSG - Eric Bailly

Mbappe and Solskjaer

Mbappe and Solskjaer

This is a bump in the road for him, but United were up against an extremely good team and that is the only reason they were second-best.

"We've got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games so whoever feels sorry for themselves will not play the next game", Solskjaer said.

Despite the loss, Solskjær fully embraced the situation and is preparing ahead for their next Champions League encounter with PSG.

The French champions put together a brilliant performance, with their first goal coming courtesy of a corner from Angel Di Maria that was headed in by Presnel Kimpembe.

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.

"I'm not afraid of that." said Ole, when he was asked whether the defeat could end United's recent momentum.

From what we have just seen in the first leg, it is extremely hard to make a case for United turning the tie around in Paris on 6 March.

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

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Di Maria, who was regularly told off by Tuchel for profligacy in the first half, looked like the player United hoped he would have been in the second half as he had a hand in both of PSG's goals.

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

But Tuchel recognised he was United's most influential player and used Marquinhos to nullify him completely. They had 10 shots at goal but only one was on target (green arrow in right-hand graphic) which came from Marcus Rashford after eight minutes.

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

United did hold their own in the first half of a frenetic match but PSG dealt with what they had to offer. Tenacious in the tackle and composed in possession, the Brazilian epitomised the guts shown every player in a white shirt at Old Trafford.

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

It would take a monumental reverse in fortunes if United are to reach the quarter-finals after the second leg in Parc de Princes on March 6. United though did bounce back from that by then winning in Turin against the Italian champions 2-1.

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