Solskjaer: Manchester United can't feel sorry for themselves after PSG loss

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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.

It is painfully ironic that the very tactic of counterattacking which was linked to be the home-side's go-to measure turned out to be their bane.

Di Maria rose to the occasion amid the jeers to superbly provide assists for Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in a comfortable 2-0 first-leg win for the visitors. This is a level up from what we have played against with the games we've had.

A brilliant team goal doubled United's trouble soon after when Mbappe was again too quick for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to meet Di Maria's low cross.

Arsene Wenger has criticised Manchester United's performance against PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night and says they were completely blown away in midfield.

"This is a top, top team that we played against". "It's not going to be a season-defining one for us".

David Moyes was in charge on that occasion and incredibly he is the last United manager to taste victory in the latter stages of Europe's premier competition.

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"That's the level we want to get to" Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters after he suffered his first loss in 12 games as United's caretaker manager.

"But we also know that United are capable of winning in Paris - you can't rest on your laurels and start thinking about the quarter-finals now....its only halftime", he said.

For starters, Solskjaer was managing Cardiff at the time, left and went back to Molde for a second spell before being "loaned" to his beloved United as interim boss until the end of the season.

Buffon was named in PSG's starting XI and the 41-year-old became only the third keeper after Edwin van der Sar and Iker Casillas to reach 50 Champions League clean sheets. "We're Man United, we always bounce back". 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.

The first half was largely forgettable but Ashley Young was lucky not to receive a second yellow when he sent Di Maria crashing into the advertising boards. His task will be made harder should Lingard and Martial be sidelined for any length of time.

I think the best way to illustrate where United are in comparison to the leading European clubs is to ask which of their players would get in a full-strength PSG team, when Neymar and Edinson Cavani are available.

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