Manchester United fall into their first defeat in 2019 and since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over, and boy oh boy was it a terrible time to do so as it was a hard fall as well. Manchester United fell to a 2-0 defeat to PSG at home. It was a really frustrating night as the lads never really got going, there were countless yellow cards at both ends and a red card shown to Paul Pogba towards the end of the match.
Manchester United have a mountain to climb in the second leg away from home in Paris.
Man United conceded the opening goal through a set piece that saw Kimpembe find the back of the net. And the second of course, this was from Mbappe himself as the ball rolled towards him to send it past De Gea.
So after that heavy defeat, what have we learned from this Champions League fixture?
Mbappe Too Much To Handle.
Kylian Mbappe was hardly involved in the first half of the game and I wish it would have stayed like that throughout the game, but that wasn’t the case going into second half as the youngster took advantage of his pace and absolutely tore Man Utd’s defence apart with his quickness on and off the ball.
Manchester United need to seriously look to get this kid for season, especially to solve their right-wing problems.
Defence Not Good Enough.
Man United’s defence has been a major problem for them this season but still, with everyone’s “Fan Favourite” partnership between Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, PSG still found their way to the net and Manchester United really need to be looking to add to their back-line alongside Ashley Young who was having trouble with the likes of Mbappe and Di Maria. To be honest, Manchester United really need to bring in a more natural right-back for next season if they’re serious about a European Trophy.
Alexis Sanchez Needs To Go.
Many fans were willing to give Alexis Sanchez another go under Ole Solskjaer due to the fiery forms of Pogba, Rashford and Martial, but that hasn’t been the case with Alexis Sanchez, unfortunately. The 30-year old Chilean is obviously on a decline in his career and that is the last thing Manchester United need to be worried about. Selling him would be a decent amount of business and would get Alexis Sanchez off their wages.
Ole Solskjaer Is Still A ‘Caretaker’ Of Manchester United, Not Manager.
Even though Solskjaer felt his first defeat against PSG, he has done a tremendous job since taking over Manchester United. And if we’re being honest here, he was brought in as a caretaker of Manchester United and was not expected to win the Champions League. He’s gotten Man United Top Four again, still in the FA Cup and are still looking dangerous in the Premier League. One defeat should not define him and his potential role at the club.
Job well done, Ole Solskjaer.
Manchester United do have a mountain to climb in their next Champions League fixture and without Paul Pogba as well. But this is Manchester United and they’re PSG, so keep the faith and believe that the Comeback Kings can pull another comeback in such a big game. After all, you would want Ole Solskjaer on your side if a comeback were to be pulled off.