Solskjaer: Manchester United can't feel sorry for themselves after PSG loss

Solskjaer: Manchester United can't feel sorry for themselves after PSG loss

The teams will face off March 6 in the second leg of their round-of-16 series.

United were impressive in the first half, without creating much in front of goal.

Despite the introduction of Romelu Lukaku, alongside the likes of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata, the home side were toothless in the final third as they tried to claw their way back into the game having fallen behind. To reach our goals, either the Cup, the Champions or the Ligue 1.

There was an irony that Angel di Maria was one of PSG's most effective players.

"We've got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games so whoever feels sorry for themselves will not play the next game", Solskjaer said. He knew United were short there, and they still are.

The Red Devils' night was summed up when the in-form Pogba was sent off in the closing stages for a late lunge on Dani Alves, meaning United will be without the Frenchman for the second leg of the tie. The balls forward from Nemanja Matic, crosses from Ashley Young and surges from Pogba were all dealt with. They did not have a central defensive partnership of the quality of Thiago Silva and Kimpembe, a midfielder of the quality of Marco Verratti or even Marquinhos, or a player with the speed, skill and strength of Mbappe. The Argentine was the most expensive player to join a British football club when he arrived at United in 2014 for £59.7 million (Dh282.9m) but he was a sulky and surly failure who left after a season and a couple of words of English.

" Today who would dispute that Martial is indispensable for Man United?"

While PSG had the better players, you also have to give credit to their coach Thomas Tuchel because he got his tactics absolutely spot on too.

Yes, it was a disappointing defeat on a flat night at Old Trafford, but that is not a reflection on Ole - more a reminder of how far this United team is from being a side that can win the Champions League. United though did bounce back from that by then winning in Turin against the Italian champions 2-1.

Ahead of the match, at the Radisson Blue hotel in Manchester, Tuchel was chilled, as though he had everything under control despite the enormity of the task ahead. "To defend like that and not allow chances. Of course, it's a hard mountain to climb but it's not impossible if we get to half-time with a 1-0 lead, that's what we've got to look for". "That's a big blow because he's been fantastic for us".

Marquinhos was excellent for the men from the French capital against United.