Rashford and Lingard return: Predicted Manchester United team to face PSG

Silvia Morton
February 13, 2019

United are now left with a mountain to climb ahead of the second leg in Paris on March 6.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's brilliant run as Manchester United manager came to a shuddering halt as two second half goals for PSG gave them a 2-0 win the Champions League last 16.

Solskjaer, who had won 10 of his 11 games in charge before this clash, admitted his team were a step below the French champions. They started to control the game. "We're ready for the next game, that's the thing for us, we're Man United and we always bounce back".

"We've given ourselves the best possible opportunity with the way we've gone into this game because we are confident", added the Norwegian.

I want us to provide him with the right kind of support. That's the level we need to aim for at this club.

United held their own in the first half but were forced into a reshuffle because of injuries just before the interval to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. Substitute Alexis Sanchez struggled to impose himself up front. 'He (Young) plays many, many times here, and he knows there is a hill, so there was no need to push Di Maria into the fans.

"I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez", Solskjaer said.

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The Red Devils have beaten both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur since Solskjaer's appointment but Manchester United will still have to face Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC and Manchester City in the Premier League.

The shot-stopper kept a clean sheet in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16, with a victory secured by Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe despite missing the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Old Trafford instead became a stage for Kylian Mbappe to shine in tandem with Angel Di Maria, who relished the revenge mission on his return to his former club.

"Maybe he was a bit nervous and a bit overused because he plays all the time for us". "I think that we can go a long way if we keep going like this".

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.

"It's always unsafe for him from the corners and of course a superb assist, it was a ideal pass for Kylian".

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