Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United not dead in Europe despite PSG defeat

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When Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United were drawn together in the Champions League round of 16 back in mid-December, the Parisians were the overwhelming favorites.

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.

If they are to turn the tie around, they'll need to find a way to contain former Red Devil Angel Di Maria who was at the heart of their demise.

Pogba received a second yellow card in the final minute, meaning he will miss the second leg in three weeks.

In the absence of Neymar and Edinson Cavani, much of the pre-match focus was on teenage sensation Mbappe, but it was the ex-Real Madrid man that will have caused Solskjaer the biggest headache ahead of the second leg.

"Today was a kind of reality check on the level of the top teams".

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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. Yet the second PSG goal soon arrived regardless.

"I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez", Solskjaer said. "I just want to keep enjoying my football, being useful to the club and my team-mates, whether on the field or if needed off it". The Chilean was largely anonymous after coming on as a first-half substitute and afterwards Solskjaer insisted it was up to him to get back to his best. This was a level up from what we've played against.

"We are in a hard tournament, whoever you play against, but our bread and butter is the league and then the FA Cup against Chelsea, there's so many games to play for".

In the night's other last-16 game, teenager Nicolo Zaniolo scored twice to lead Roma to a 2-1 victory.

'In the Champions League it is an important thing that you can not be dominated in midfield and the whole evening Man United were dominated in midfield, ' Wenger explained on beIN SPORTS after the game. "It's not going to be a season-defining one for us". We have to learn from this.

'Man United played at home and had one shot on goal in a Champions League game - that tells you about the difference between the two teams'. A repeat of that 3-0 win in Paris next month would take United through to the quarterfinals.

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