Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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PSG's Kylian Mbappe on win - It's only 'half-time,' can't play scared

PSG's Kylian Mbappe on win - It's only 'half-time,' can't play scared

"Yeah it is (unlucky)", Solskjaer said, when asked about the incident.

'They are teams that are as good as PSG, so we will go there to try and make it hard for them.

"I think Ashley Young is doing fantastic in every position he plays but ultimately you think [Thilo] Kehrer that plays for PSG, Kyle Walker for Man City".

A run of 10 wins and one draw before that reverse had prompted popular calls for him to be installed as Jose Mourinho's permanent replacement, and his chances could rest on what United do over the remainder of the season.

"People need to stop being afraid", Mbappe told French media outlet RMC Sport, adding that while Neymar and Cavani were important it was what PSG did with the players on the pitch that mattered most.

"Mountains are there to be climbed, you can't lay down and say this is over".

Those in the away end made themselves heard before, during and after the game at Old Trafford.

Maybe they can do the same in Paris, but few are expecting it after the reality check dished out by a team who have been built to win the Champions League.

Pogba's dismissal was the culmination of a surprisingly subdued performance from the man who had been so influential in United's revival under Solskjaer.

Pogba has been the best player in the Premier League since Solskjaer took charge, and he has played a key role in setting up so many of United's goals as well as scoring some himself. By contrast, the half-fit Verratti was left to dictate the central third for PSG, with neither Ander Herrera nor Nemanja Matic deployed to shut down the Italian playmaker.

Alexis Sanchez replaced Lingard, but rather than turning to Romelu Lukaku in place of Martial, which would have enabled Marcus Rashford to move to the right flank and maintain United's threat, Solskjaer instead brought on Juan Mata, despite his lack of pace and inability to play on the right side of a front three.

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.

But for the saves of David De Gea, United would have lost by a heavier margin, but this was still their heaviest European defeat at Old Trafford; prior to this, United had not been beaten by more than one goal at home in over 60 years. 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.

Could United have done anything differently?

"It's a big achievement for us".

United will now turn their attentions to the FA Cup, where they face a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Monday night. Top four is one thing.

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