Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Champions League: PSG win to end Manchester United's unbeaten run under Solskjaer

Champions League: PSG win to end Manchester United's unbeaten run under Solskjaer

Manchester United advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group H, while Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing first in Group C. Even in the most ideal of scenarios, it was hard to envision a Manchester United side with so little European pedigree emerging out as winners against a seasoned force like PSG. I'm happy he stayed confident.

United's defence has been key to the fine run under Solskjaer but they cracked under stress here, especially early in the second half when they were cut apart at will and PSG threatened to take the tie out of sight.

Alexis Sanchez was introduced at the beginning of the second half but was once again unable to impose himself as his struggles in a United shirt continued.

United will be without its French playmaker in the second leg on March 6 in Paris after he received a second yellow card in the 89th minute for a lunge on Dani Alves. 'He (Young) plays many, many times here, and he knows there is a hill, so there was no need to push Di Maria into the fans.

"I was watching with Noah and we said "wow, that's a tough challenge", said Solskjaer on Monday.

"We're missing Antonio [Valencia] and Matteo [Darmian] - they're the two that are not available".

In the night's other last-16 game, teenager Nicolo Zaniolo scored twice to lead Roma to a 2-1 victory.

United's lackluster performance was a continuation of the European form under Mourinho in the group stage.

Such stretched resources is not what the club's Qatari owners had in mind when a near 400 million euros was splurged on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in 2017 with the intention to carry PSG to a long-awaited first ever Champions League triumph.

Indeed, Solskjaer was the first to admit before the match that Old Trafford had always been starved of nights like these - the last one coming against Real Madrid back in Sir Alex's final year in charge.

The Norwegian had won 10 of his 11 games in charge of United before their defeat against PSG.

"It was an experience that can go either way, it's not going to be a season defining one, it's one we have to learn from. I think that it is over at 3-0".

No team in the history of the Champions League has failed to progress after winning 2-0 away from home in the first leg of a knockout tie.

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