Man Utd boss Solskjaer: PSG experience (& Kimpembe not seeing red) was difference

The second leg of the series will take place in March.

Even without two of their star forwards PSG were still too strong for Manchester United, comfortably winning the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie 2-0 on Wednesday (NZT).

The Norwegian had won 10 of his 11 games in charge of United before their defeat against PSG. The game was under control. "It has to be one that we're going to learn from".

It was an outstanding performance from PSG in the absence of the injured Neymar and Cavani - the world's most expensive player for one, as well as the French champions' all-time top scorer.

Although it's not really an embarrassment by any stretch, the only way United can hope to reach the next level in continental showpieces like these is if they keep coming in amongst Europe's best every year by securing Champions League qualification and competing at the highest level - bridging the gulf slowly but steadily. That's the level we want to get to.

'He's unlucky, ' added Solskjaer, who lost Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to injury at the end of the first half.

Alexis Sanchez was introduced at the beginning of the second half but was once again unable to impose himself as his struggles in a United shirt continued.

"In my opinion he needs to play with a good mindset, be positive and realise it's part of his development".

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A 2-0 home defeat has altered so much.

The Red Devils have beaten both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur since Solskjaer's appointment but Manchester United will still have to face Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Manchester City in the Premier League.

Old Trafford instead became a stage for Kylian Mbappe to shine in tandem with Angel Di Maria, who relished the revenge mission on his return to his former club.

By the time Di Maria responded to the torrent of abuse by picking up a bottle of beer hurled at him and taking a sip, PSG was already leading thanks to academy graduate Presnel Kimpembe's first PSG goal in the 53rd minute.

"Maybe he was a bit nervous and a bit overused because he plays all the time for us".

"Don't give him that space to go into, but he's lightning quick of course".

'We have the league and the FA Cup, and I've told the players not to feel sorry for themselves.

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