PSG's Gianluigi Buffon claims Manchester United were architects of their own downfall

Silvia Morton
February 13, 2019

Because of his ill-fated season-long spell with Manchester United during the 2014-15 campaign, much of the build-up to Tuesday night's Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford centred around Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria.

A brilliant team goal 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.

PSG, missing injured twin strikers Neymar and Edinson Cavani, were now dominant and the United goalkeeper denied the risky Mbappe a third to prevent United falling further behind.

The French Champions were without Brazilian star Neymar Junior, Edinson Cavani, and Thomas Meunier - all of them are likely to be available for the return leg whiles United will be without Paul Pogba who was sent off late in the game for a second bookable offence.

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

"You just need somebody to grab the game by the scruff of the neck", Hargreaves said on BT Sport.

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Pogba received a second yellow card in the final minute, meaning he will miss the second leg in three weeks.

"The first goal is always going to be important and the way we concede it is disappointing", added Solskjaer. We all are very optimistic and positive, it's just one result and we're in a good moment. "It's a mountain to climb, but not impossible". But today is a reality check.

Moreover, Mata was incapable of protecting the struggling Ashley Young behind him at right-back, and that was to prove a fatal flaw as the second half wore on as Di Maria tore the veteran apart - avenging a cynical first-half shove into the advertising hoardings - with his direct running, pace and trickery. The Chilean was largely anonymous after coming on as a first-half substitute and afterwards Solskjaer insisted it was up to him to get back to his best. "We knew they wanted to score and we did it".

Fans will be waiting with bated breath for a diagnosis on both as United face a trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday, before tough Premier League games including rivals Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford, all ahead of the second leg.

Not only was it a first loss for Solskjaer since replacing Jose Mourinho, but the heaviest-ever home defeat for United in Europe, having previously only been beaten by one-goal margins.

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