Champions League: PSG inflicts Solskjaer’s 1st United loss

Champions League: PSG inflicts Solskjaer’s 1st United loss

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.

Neymar was already ruled out with a broken foot when Edinson Cavani hurt his left thigh at the weekend to join the world's most expensive player on PSG's injury list.

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.

Thereafter only De Gea stood in the visitors' way as he stayed big to block Mbappe's attempted chip as he bore down on goal again before Juan Bernat's rising drive was then diverted wide.

The English giants will also have to cope without Paul Pogba in three weeks' time as he was sent off for two yellow cards a minute from time to round off a bad night for the hosts. We all are very optimistic and positive, it's just one result and we're in a good moment.

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.

"But we are not going to lose time thinking about what happened".

He was certainly in defiant mood when he spoke to BT Sport's Des Kelly post-match: "Mountains are there to be climbed aren't they?" said the Norwegian. But today is a reality check. 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.

Given the Parisians' two away goals, it would take something monumental to turn this tie around for the English giants. They are muscle injuries so we will have to wait a couple of days'.

"I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez", said Solskjaer.

Fans will be waiting with bated breath for a diagnosis on both as United face a trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday, before tough Premier League games including rivals Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford, all ahead of the second leg.

PSG suffered the biggest collapse in Champions League history when Barcelona overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit to win the return leg 6-1 at this stage two seasons ago.