Manchester United 0 - 2 PSG: Solskjaer suffers his first defeat


'This won't be a season-defining experience for us.

It was a worst-case scenario for Manchester United, alongside the defeat were injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, as well as a red card and impending suspension for the second leg for Paul Pogba.

PSG are fuelled by fierce ambition and Qatari billions and yet even they are struggling to establish themselves among the big Champions League players - but on this evidence they are still far in advance of United. "We showed character to beat one of the best teams in the world in Manchester United".

Paris Saint Germain's Presnel Kimpembe, right, celebrates after scoring the opening goal the game.

The end of Solskjaer's unbeaten start as United's interim boss was an ordeal at times for the 45-year-old, whose selection and game plan were exposed by his opposite number. Tuchel deployed Marquinhos as a man-marker on Pogba, who has been a central figure during United's resurgence, and the French global was completely nullified. By contrast, the half-fit Verratti was left to dictate the central third for PSG, with neither Ander Herrera nor Nemanja Matic deployed to shut down the Italian playmaker.

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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.

Alongside Marcus Rashford, the trio have formed a lethal and pacey front three in recent weeks and despite substitutes Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata's undoubted quality the team do have to adapt the way they play.

The goals came through Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe, a result that all but secured PSG's progress into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Angel di Maria was roundly booed by the home support on his return to Old Trafford after an unhappy one-season spell with United after signing for a then club record £60 million in 2014. Manchester United could never win the ball back and when they had the ball they lost it very quickly because Paris Saint-Germain dominated the midfield to win the ball back. For once, Solskjaer has a negative milestone with his name on it. The game was Solskjaer's first outing in Europe since taking charge.

■ 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.