Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Buffon: PSG made it look easy against Man United

Buffon: PSG made it look easy against Man United

That feeling lasted until the French champions began to get a grip on the game and by the end of the night, a 2-0 defeat in the last 16, first-leg clash served to highlight the gulf that remains between this United team and the European elite.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had won 10 of his 11 previous games in charge across all competitions but injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard proved damaging to their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

PSG handed United their biggest home defeat in Europe after Ángel Di María set up goals for Presnel Kimpembe and the hugely impressive Kylian Mbappé.

United will be without its French playmaker in the second leg on March 6 in Paris after he received a second yellow card in the 89th minute for a lunge on Dani Alves.

Angel di Maria was roundly booed by the home support on his return to Old Trafford after an unhappy one-season spell with United after signing for a then club record 60 million in 2014. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

Wenger was also critical of United at half-time, before they had even conceded, saying: 'We predicted Man United's problems before the game. "If you tease him it does not make him weaker", said Tuchel.

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. 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.

Twenty years after winning the Champions League as a United player, this was Solskjaer's first taste of the competition in management having only previously coached Molde in his native Norway and Cardiff before being hired by United.

"You just need somebody to grab the game by the scruff of the neck", Hargreaves said on BT Sport.

And he was quick to torment his old team further just seven minutes later, slipping a low cross in from the left into the middle for Kylian Mbappe to steer beyond a helpless David De Gea.

"The second goal was quality by them".

PSG was expected to represent the stiffest of tests, but recent injuries to Neymar and Edinson Cavani will blunt an attack which scored a Champions League-high 17 goals in six group-stage games. We have to learn from this.

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