United Face Huge Task In Second Leg
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Tuesday night’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain as “a reality check”.
The Red Devils tasted defeat for the first time in Solskjaer’s 12 matches in charge with a 2-0 reversal at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League Round Of 16 tie.
Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave PSG a strong advantage ahead of the second leg in France on 6 March. After the match, Solskjaer admitted that the strength of PSG made them a cut above some of United’s recent opposition in the Premier League.
“You can’t lay down and say it’s over,” Solskjaer told BT Sport after the game.
“Today was a kind of a reality check on the level of the top teams,” he added.
“That is the level we want to get to. Top four is one thing. United should be at the top. They are a top team.”
To make matters worse, Paul Pogba was sent off for a second bookable offence in the final minute of normal time and will miss the return leg.
“They know we need to step up our level. We are disappointed.”
Both PSG’s goals were set up by former Manchester United player Angel Di Maria.
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial both came off with injuries and Solskjaer says he will have to wait for assessments on the pair to see how long they will be out for.
“We had quality players come on, but they gave us something and let’s hope they are not too serious,” he said. “They are muscle injuries, we have to wait a couple of days.”
Speaking about the return in Paris, Solskjaer said:
“There is a determination in the dressing room to put this right.
“We will give it a go. If we get to half-time with a one-goal lead, that is what we have to aim for.”