Champions League: Defeat to PSG leaves Manchester United on brink of elimination

Ross Houston
February 13, 2019

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

United lost forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to muscle injuries midway through the match and replacements Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata failed to provide the necessary spark.

Second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe ensured that PSG will be firm favourites to progress ahead of the return leg in Paris but Solskjaer has not given up hope of causing a shock at Parc des Princes.

Paul Pogba picked up a red card just as injury time was starting for a second yellow card that will be a blow for any chance of a comeback in the away leg in three weeks time. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.


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

"No, not at all because at this club we have to bounce back and we are in a tournament, the Champions League, where it's always going to be hard, but our bread and butter is the (domestic) league so (I'm) not afraid of that".

It was United's first defeat under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and their heaviest home loss in Europe.

Di Maria, who struggled in his only season at United before being offloaded to PSG in 2015, sent in the corner that Kimpembe raced into the penalty area unchecked to meet with a volley. "We've been talking about top four (in the Premier League), that's one thing but we want to be at the top and Man United should be at the top".


The 20-year-old World Cup victor slotted a huge chance wide on the half hour mark, although Mbappe would likely have been ruled offside by VAR, on its introduction to the Champions League, even if he had found the net.

Angel Di Maria was booed, whistled and insulted, even being the target of a thrown bottle, but he responded with a smile and left the pitch having assisted twice, even pretending to drink from the bottle after it landed beside him.

It would have been more but for some fine goalkeeping from David de Gea.

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


■ 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.

Other reports by iNewsToday

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER