Why Manchester United lost to PSG - Eric Bailly

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United will host PSG on Tuesday at Old Trafford in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series.

"I'm not afraid of that." said Ole, when he was asked whether the defeat could end United's recent momentum.

"I think if they could beat PSG that would be an incredible performance but if they face some of the top teams in the competition such as Barcelona or Juventus or Liverpool or City I think they struggle when they get to those sort of matches".

Second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were enough to hand Paris Saint-Germain a comfortable lead to take to the Parc de Princes as Manchester United hardly mustered a sustained spell of offence in the game. He was right. The players never doubted themselves - but the media and the public did, creating a perception that United had become invincible and would overrun a weakened PSG.

There has to be some realism about the level that this group of players is at, despite the way Solskjaer has improved them since replacing Jose Mourinho before Christmas.

As I said on BBC Radio 5 live before the PSG game, whatever happens in this tie does not change any of that.

Before kickoff, he was picked out as the player who could pose the most problems but when it came to crunch time, he failed to get going. "He plays and that's competition and that's fair competition in my opinion".

"We had many midfielders and we are used to playing with more forwards so we had to adapt". He was so frustrated with his inability to get forward effectively or dictate play from deep that he ended up getting himself sent off late on.

Defence is the area where I think United need to improve the most, especially at centre-back which is where they still look vulnerable.

But they did. PSG's injury-hit team went to Manchester, saw what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had for them, and conquered.

"In the first half, we were fine". He knew United were short there, and they still are. Tenacious in the tackle and composed in possession, the Brazilian epitomised the guts shown every player in a white shirt at Old Trafford.

By virtue of a superb second half showing, PSG earned their first win against an English side in Europe since beating Chelsea 2-1 in March 2014.

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