PSG was able to defeat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of the Round of 16 for the Champions League. Many United fans were shocked at the result after PSG has lost key players to injury. The players injured are Neymar, Cavani, and Meunier. Manchester United have been in great form after hiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new interim manager. PSG defied their critics by just outplaying United.
The first goal of the game came in the 53 minute through Kimpembe. PSG won a corner and Di Maria swung a ball into the box. Kimpembe was able to lose Matic as the ball came in and was able to get a foot on the ball from three yards away. He doesn’t miss those opportunities. PSG was able to double their lead seven minutes later through their World Cup-winning winger, Kylian Mbappe. Di Maria was played into acres of open space on the left and was able to play a cross into the arriving Mbappe who was able to finish the cross. Things went from bad to worse for United, after Paul Pogba was awarded his second yellow card of the game, sending him off in the 89 minute. Now Pogba won’t be able to play in the second leg in Paris.
PSG proved to be the better team in the first leg. Many United fans believe United came into the game too cocky since PSG is suffering from injuries. This game was a wake-up call for United, showing the coach and the team that there are still things that the team needs to work on. Solsjkaer stated that the worst part of the game for him was the United was lacking in creativity. Solsjkaer said that this loss is no cause for alarm. Solsjkaer came to United to replace Jose Mourinho as manager and has led United to a 10-1-1 record. He also has moved United from sixth place to fourth in the Premier League. Many United fans are backing Solsjkaer because of the success that he has had with the club so far. United’s next two games are tough, Liverpool in the Premier League and Chelsea in the FA Cup. The games are even tougher now that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are on the injury list, but Solsjkaer said that now is not the time to change their strategy. United will face PSG in the second leg on March 6 at 3:00 PM (EST).