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

Dani Alves: Time for PSG to win Champions League

Dani Alves: Time for PSG to win Champions League

Maybe they can do the same in Paris, but few are expecting it after the reality check dished out by a team who have been built to win the Champions League.

"I think we have to lose the virginity in this competition this season once and for all".

"Right now, we have to think about the FA Cup against Chelsea and keep our place in the top four". That has to be the focus now.

Could United have done anything differently?

Second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were enough to hand Paris Saint-Germain a comfortable lead to take to the Parc de Princes as Manchester United hardly mustered a sustained spell of offence in the game.

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. Mourinho has proven he is a great manager.

"We've got so many games to play for, so no".

'People have to stop selling fear and being afraid, ' said Mbappe.

When this tie was announced, Manchester United were 11/5 to win this match with Ladbrokes, who priced PSG at 11/10 and the draw at 12/5.

"I am not scared of any comeback, because if you are scare you can't reach any goal", Alves said.

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. "He plays and that's competition and that's fair competition in my opinion". 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.

That took away the threat of his service to Marcus Rashford and meant Pogba had no space to impose himself on the game.

Man Utd had 11 crosses from open play against PSG and none of them were successful (left-hand graphic).

But they did. PSG's injury-hit team went to Manchester, saw what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had for them, and conquered. Tenacious in the tackle and composed in possession, the Brazilian epitomised the guts shown every player in a white shirt at Old Trafford.

United did hold their own in the first half of a frenetic match but PSG dealt with what they had to offer. He knew United were short there, and they still are. United though did bounce back from that by then winning in Turin against the Italian champions 2-1.

Phil Neville was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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