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

Manchester United's Anthony Martial scores a stunning goal in the 3-0 rout of Fulham at the weekend MATT DUNHAM APManchester United's Anthony Martial scores a stunning goal in the 3-0 rout of Fulham at the weekend
Frederick Owens | 13 February, 2019, 10:22

There is no hiding place in the Champions League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer probably wanted one as he and his Manchester United team were outclassed and outsmarted by Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford. After having a bottle thrown at him by United fans, Di Maria helped to complete a counterattack by crossing for the advancing Mbappe to score.

PSG had to cope without the injured Neymar and Edison Cavani, two thirds of their attack, yet remained a real threat in the final third with Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria causing United problems.

PSG, missing injured twin strikers Neymar and Edinson Cavani, were now dominant and the United goalkeeper denied the unsafe Mbappe a third to prevent United falling further behind.

Only once since the 2010-11 season have United won a Champions League knockout stage game and, with key midfielder Paul Pogba suspended after his late red card, the odds are stacked against that changing in Paris on March 6.

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.

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. It was one of those experiences that can go either way, but it's not going to be a season-defining one for us.

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"But we are not going to lose time thinking about what happened. It's a mountain to climb, but not impossible".

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

'Jesse and Anthony give us something, let's hope they are not too serious. "When he plays, he needs to find himself because we know there's a quality player there".

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

■ NICOLO ZANIOLO'S double sealed a 2-1 win for Roma over Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 20-year-old World Cup victor slotted a huge chance wide on the half hour mark, although Mbappe would likely have been ruled offside by VAR, on its introduction to the Champions League, even if he had found the net.

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