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Jamie Redknapp: What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to get Man United job

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Cary Erickson | 13 February, 2019, 10:25

After a scoreless first half, Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored within seven minutes to put PSG in the box seat in pursuit of the quarter-finals. However, the Norwegian was left frustrated after watching Kimpembe score the first from Angel Di Maria's corner after being fortunate to escape a second yellow card before the half time.

The end of Solskjaer's unbeaten start as United's interim boss was an ordeal at times for the 45-year-old, whose selection and game plan were exposed by his opposite number.

But it remained to be seen whether he would flourish on his first game back at the Theatre of Dreams, or shrink as he often did during his brief spell with the Premier League giants.

Incidentally, as it would turn out, it was also their heaviest defeat at Old Trafford in European competition history.

'This won't be a season-defining experience for us.

Only once since the 2010-11 season have United won a Champions League knockout stage game and, with key midfielder Paul Pogba suspended after his late red card, the odds are stacked against that changing in Paris on March 6. This was a level up from what we've played against.

Without two of its usual front three, the French league leaders commanded the midfield instead, with Marco Verratti often the orchestrator.

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A spokesman said the records he sent "are not sufficient and do not meet the burden of a criminal investigation". According to a police report, responding officers found the 36-year-old with a white rope hanging from his neck.

For all PSG's injury problems, a double blow also rocked United in the seconds before half-time and at the break as Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial limped off to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata.

United will have it all to do in the second leg as none of the previous 34 teams to lose a home first leg of a Champions League tie by two or more goals have ever progressed.

AS Roma 2 (Nicolo Zaniolo 70', 76') FC Porto 1 (Adrian Lopez 79') HT: 0-0.

The home side never recovered their composure as PSG produced a stunning second-half display to all but book their place in the last eight despite David de Gea's best efforts in the United goal.

For around 20 minutes, the Champions League glory days really did feel like they were back for Manchester United. "They were a level..."

'In the Champions League it is an important thing that you can not be dominated in midfield and the whole evening Man United were dominated in midfield, ' Wenger explained on beIN SPORTS after the game. "It has to be one that we're going to learn from". A repeat of that 3-0 win in Paris next month would take United through to the quarterfinals.