Manchester United steward unintentionally crowd surfs during PSG win at Old Trafford

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

It is true that losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard did not help Manchester United one bit, but how much difference would they genuinely have made over a full 90 minutes against a Paris Saint-Germain team who were simply better on the night?

"We've got so many games to play for, so no". In the team meeting before PSG left the hotel, he told his players that, in order to win, they had to be a team, to behave like one and play like one. Against a backdrop of boos, he proved it with a performance as energetic as his "swearing" celebration after the first goal.

I thought that after they lost at home to Juventus in October and, although they now have a different manager, as a team they are still in exactly the same place, which is well behind the leading European sides.

Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored in the second half as PSG outclassed United 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

I think we have to accept that United are not good enough, and move on.

"French football has to go as far as possible in the European Cup, so we have to stop being afraid".

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There has to be some realism about the level that this group of players is at, despite the way Solskjaer has improved them since replacing Jose Mourinho before Christmas. 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 ex-Arsenal manager was working as a pundit for beIN Sports on Tuesday night and he pinpointed exactly how PSG were able to quell Man United's biggest threat.

Ángel Di María, who signed for the Red Devils in 2014 and had an ill-fated spell in the Premier League, came back to haunt his former side by setting up both goals.

But they did. PSG's injury-hit team went to Manchester, saw what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had for them, and conquered.

What they need is a player who is going to have a positive impact on the players around him, in the same way Virgil van Dijk's arrival has transformed Liverpool's back four. He knew United were short there, and they still are.

It would take a monumental reverse in fortunes if United are to reach the quarter-finals after the second leg in Parc de Princes on March 6.

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