Man Utd ace Paul Pogba has been backed to cause problems for PSG
13 February, 2019, 08:14
United will have to do without Paul Pogba in the second leg after he saw red late in the game.
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. Even in the most ideal of scenarios, it was hard to envision a Manchester United side with so little European pedigree emerging out as winners against a seasoned force like PSG.
The second goal, on the hour, was the culmination of an electric counterattack.
The final scoreline could have been a lot worse had David de Gea not made important interventions - and it would be optimism gone mad to suggest the second leg in Paris will be anything other than a completion of the formalities.
"It was a ideal pass for Kylian", PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. "It was a nice comeback for him".
'I think he was lucky because it was not necessary, ' said Tuchel.
"Maybe you can say that (it's a reality check) because that's the level we want to get to", he said. I am happy there was no injury. "He's always super reliable".
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Although it's not really an embarrassment by any stretch, the only way United can hope to reach the next level in continental showpieces like these is if they keep coming in amongst Europe's best every year by securing Champions League qualification and competing at the highest level - bridging the gulf slowly but steadily. We needed a little time to adapt.
'He's unlucky, ' added Solskjaer, who lost Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to injury at the end of the first half. Substitute Alexis Sanchez struggled to impose himself up front.
Solskjaer is capable of transforming the fortunes of players - just look at Pogba.
The World Cup-winning forward scored PSG's second goal on the hour at Old Trafford after Presnel Kimpembe's 53rd-minute opener as Thomas Tuchel's team took firm control of the tie before the second leg next month.
United's lackluster performance was a continuation of the European form under Mourinho in the group stage.
"It was one of those experiences that can go either way", Solskjaer said. "It's not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we are going to learn from".
The Parisians, meanwhile, started finding gaps in United's defensive set-up - beginning just after the first quarter of the game.