Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Champions League: Defeat to PSG leaves Manchester United on brink of elimination

Champions League: Defeat to PSG leaves Manchester United on brink of elimination

Angel Di Maria was the architect of both goals in the first leg on his return to Old Trafford as PSG more than coped without injured forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

By the time Di Maria responded to the torrent of abuse by picking up a bottle of beer hurled at him and taking a sip, PSG was already leading thanks to academy graduate Presnel Kimpembe's first PSG goal in the 53rd minute.

A brilliant team goal then doubled United's trouble soon after when Mbappe was again too quick for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to meet Di Maria's low cross.

To make matters worse, Paul Pogba was sent off in the 89th minute after receiving a second yellow card after a rash challenge on Dani Alves, meaning he'll miss the away leg in Paris - not that this matters, as there is no way back for the Red Devils anyway.

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

"We know Anthony's quality going forward and hope he's going to create chances for us from the left-hand side and show us what he can do".

United have won only one of their last 10 knockout games in the Champions League, a painful statistic Solskjaer must change in Paris next month if his return to the tournament is not to prove a damp squib.

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Twenty years after winning the Champions League as a United player, this was Solskjaer's first taste of the competition in management having only previously coached Molde in his native Norway and Cardiff before being hired by United.

The second leg in Paris takes place on March 6th.

"I think the guy is very competitive, like all South American guys".

The opening goal came after Edin Dzeko knocked down Stephan El Shaarawy's cross for Zaniolo to drill past Iker Casillas and into the far bottom corner.

United's poor performance against the Parisians on Tuesday, February 12, saw them stunned 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Up until this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were unbeaten in all competitions in an impressive run that included wins against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Arsenal in the FA Cup.

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