Manchester United have lost their first game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and may have been the most important one.
United lost 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were average and vividly tired today, as Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard suffered hamsting injuries before the end of the first half.
The first 45 minutes were rather boring, as both teams didn’t really offer much to the Old Trafford audience. There was more fight on the pitch than football and we saw five yellow half before the break.
PSG took over the control at the start of the second half and scored two goals in the first third, which may be vital for the tie.
Prensel Kimpembe scored the first one in the 52nd minute, three minutes after he could (or maybe should) have been sent off for a clear foul over Marcus Rashford. But the referee – Daniele Orsato didn’t even award a foul for Manchester United.
Kylian Mbappe made it 2-0 for the visitors in the 60th minute after an amazing run in United’s box. The Frenchmen overrun Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof and turned Di Maria’s low cross into a perfect finish.
The Argentinian on the other side, assisted both of PSG goals and played an excellent game, respodning the angry United fans who were threwing everything they had at him.
Paul Pogba was sent off in the injury time, to complete Manchester United’s miserable game. He won’t play the revenge in Paris which is going to be a big blow for the Red Devils.
United were outclassed by PSG to suffer their first European home defeat by a margin of more than one goal and will now need to produce something remarkable on 6 March to stand a chance of advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals.
We have to admit that Paris Saint-Germain were the better side on Old Trafford and deservedly won the game tonight. The 0-2 defeat at home most often means you are finished in the Champions League.
But we have to believe and support Manchester Untied until the final whistle of the second leg on Le Parc de Princes.