Solskjaer admits PSG showed United another level

Heather Diaz
February 13, 2019

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.

United made a highly aggressive start to the game, but too often, their forwards chose the wrong option or failed to deliver the right pass, although Marcus Rashford and Pogba both tested PSG's 41-year-old keeper Gianluigi Buffon with near post shots. 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.

Incidentally, as it would turn out, it was also their heaviest defeat at Old Trafford in European competition history. "It's not going to be a season-defining one for us".

Thereafter only De Gea stood in the visitors' way as he stayed big to block Mbappe's attempted chip as he bore down on goal again before Juan Bernat's rising drive was then diverted wide.

Pogba received a second yellow card in the final minute, meaning he will miss the second leg in three weeks. "Today we weren't at the level, this is a level up from what we've played against".

"French football must go as far as possible in the Champions League".

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To make matters worse for Solskjaer, the interim United manager, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard hobbled off with injuries.

But having come off the bench to score the victor in the 93rd minute of the 1999 final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer is the man who epitomised more than most the "never say die" attitude of many Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United teams.

■ NICOLO ZANIOLO'S double sealed a 2-1 win for Roma over Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Stadio Olimpico.

In the night's other last-16 game, teenager Nicolo Zaniolo scored twice to lead Roma to a 2-1 victory. "That's the level we need to aim for at this club". "They were a level..."

"The first goal is always going to be important and the way we concede it is disappointing", added Solskjaer.

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

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