Di Maria: "I Never Spoke Badly" About Manchester United

Silvia Morton
February 14, 2019

"It was hard from the opening minute but I knew this was going to happen", Di Maria told Cadena Cope radio of the atmosphere as quoted in the Manchester Evening News.

The home side never looked like breaking through, with Alexis Sanchez incapable of creating chances for himself or his teammates in what was another disappointing performance from the former Arsenal attacker.

"Don't be sorry, [it is] something we have to learn from", Solskjaer said of the message he will give his players.

PSG played with nous, patience and flair, scoring two unanswered goals in the second half - Mbappe with the victor after Presnel Kimpembe's 53rd-minute opener.

He will miss the second leg in Paris early next month.

The Red and Blues doubled their lead just seven minutes later when Di Maria played in Kylian Mbappe who slotted the ball past David de Gea to seal the 2-0 victory in the first leg of the round of 16 tie.

This was Solskjær's first defeat as the club's caretaker manager but he promised the side would quickly bounce back as the focus was now on the next game.

The Chilean came off the substitutes' bench to replace Jesse Lingard seconds before half-time after the England worldwide injured his groin.

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"French football must go as far as possible in the Champions League".

"We've got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games so whoever feels sorry for themselves will not play the next game", Solskjaer said.

"Mourinho has proven he's a great manager but has always gone for discipline for everyone and in this team I believe Pogba is a fantastic football player but sometimes lacks discipline".

"We need to stop with the scare stories".

"We've been talking about top four".

"You could see that we hadn't played at this level for a while and we will have to learn".

But the lack of a response to losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in quick succession to injury towards the end of the first half underlined why planning on overhauling the squad needs to start straight away.

Some players - like, say, Paul Pogba last night - perform below their standards; with others, it's like they aren't even on the pitch, or may as well not be.

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