Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United not dead in Europe despite PSG defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United not dead in Europe despite PSG defeat

"So, we have the opportunity to reach the next round, but we have to repeat what we've done today because this team [Man Utd] have a history in this competition as we haven't".

Buffon was named in PSG's starting XI and the 41-year-old became only the third keeper after Edwin van der Sar and Iker Casillas to reach 50 Champions League clean sheets.

To add to United's misery, Paul Pogba was sent off in the final minute after a late challenge on Dani Alves earning him a second yellow card which means the French midfielder will miss the second leg in Paris.

For its outsized impact on either team's trajectory this year, the game itself was a disappointment, because, well, not all big matches can be good ones.

It would have been more but for some fine goalkeeping from David de Gea.

United was forced to adapt, too, after losing Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to injury for the second half. United has only scored one goal at home in four Champions League games this season, a 1-0 victory over Young Boys.

He has enjoyed an incredible start in the Old Trafford dugout - masterminding 10 wins from 11 games before Tuesday's Champions League clash against PSG. "When he plays, he needs to find himself because we know there's a quality player there".

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But PSG were superior to Manchester United in almost every department, with goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe enough to give them a stunning first leg lead.

Solskjaer took charge of the Red Devils on an interim basis following Jose Mourinho's sacking in mid-December.

"You can't just lay down and say: this is over".

Some of United's recent flawed decision-making was illustrated by the performance of Alexis Sanchez, a hugely expensive liability who might as well have stayed in his seat among the substitutes for all the good he did after coming on just before half-time.

In the absence of Neymar and Edinson Cavani, much of the pre-match focus was on teenage sensation Mbappe, but it was the ex-Real Madrid man that will have caused Solskjaer the biggest headache ahead of the second leg.

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

The 20-year-old World Cup victor slotted a huge chance wide on the half hour mark, although Mbappe would likely have been ruled offside by VAR, on its introduction to the Champions League, even if he had found the net. "We showed character to beat one of the best teams in the world in Manchester United".

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