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

Patrice Evra Man Utd Celebrating

Patrice Evra Man Utd Celebrating

Zaniolo continued his superb breakthrough season by finding the net twice in six second-half minutes before Adrian Lopez pegged one back in the 79th minute.

After a run of 10 wins and one draw in 11 games since Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, defeat is a reality check for United's revival and they have a mountain to climb when the sides meet again for the second leg on March 6.

"You can't just lay down and say: this is over".

"You can see that we've not played games at this level for a while and we'll have to learn from this experience, because it was one of those experiences that can go either way".

PSG will nearly certainly face sterner tests than a Manchester United side that's finding its feet going forward in the Champions League (which seems to be quite likely), but their showing at Old Trafford seemed to suggest a massive improvement from the team that squandered a 4-0 lead against Barcelona not too long ago. We've got Chelsea and Liverpool to look forward to in the next two games. "Whoever feels sorry for themselves will not play probably against Chelsea".

None of the previous 34 teams to lose the first leg of a Champions League knockout match at home by two or more goals have progressed to the next round.

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Presnel Kimpembe turned home at the far post from an Angel Di Maria corner, before Kylian Mbappe finished off from another Di Maria assist, giving United a huge task to overcome.

Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata struggled after having come on for Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard but more importantly, it was a weird lapse in focus from Nemanja Matic that was directly responsible for Kimpembe scoring PSG's first of the night.

'Paul Pogba is trying to get his body across and Dani Alves is clever enough to put his foot in there.

"Tuchel told me that it was going to be different, that I was going to touch the ball a lot less", Mbappe said to RMC Sport. That's a big blow'.

United have been allowed to fall into such disrepair on the back of flawed managerial choices, instability, and a badly structured transfer policy overseen by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that they can no longer take their place at Europe's top table.

Moreover, Mata was incapable of protecting the struggling Ashley Young behind him at right-back, and that was to prove a fatal flaw as the second half wore on as Di Maria tore the veteran apart - avenging a cynical first-half shove into the advertising hoardings - with his direct running, pace and trickery. I am happy there was no injury. If you tease him it doesn't make him weaker, of course'.

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