Four lessons learned from Manchester United 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain

Manchester United received a reality check last night as PSG won 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Pascal Kimpende opened the scoring, a player lucky to be on the pitch after persistent fouls, before Kylian Mbappe added a second.
United had no response and even before the second leg in Paris, it looks like the Red Devils are out.

Here are four lessons learned from a disappointing night at Old Trafford.

‘Ole’s job’ is back in the balance

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has performed miracles since taking over at United on an interim basis.
We want him to get the job full time, and knocking PSG out of the Champions League would surely have sealed it after his blistering start.
Now likely elimination is a black mark against him.

Solskjaer’s fate could depend on how United respond now.
Can we knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup this weekend and then beat Liverpool in the Premier League?
Then avoiding embarrassment away to PSG is a must.
It’s in Ole’s hands, but he needs the players to bounce back well.

United struggle without Jesse Lingard

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Jesse Lingard’s pressing and energy was a key part of a promising first half display for United.
When he went off it was a major blow, along with Anthony Martial.
Lingard started on the bench when United fell flat and only drew with Burnley, and it’s surely no coincidence.

A viable alternative is needed for the England international.

It looks like time up for Sanchez and Mata

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Two players tasked with replacing Lingard and Martial failed to step up.
Alexis Sanchez could have changed the narrative about his disappointing United spell by stepping up when the team needed him most.

Instead he reinforced the notion that he is no longer good enough to influence games at the top level like he once could.
Mata’s lack of pace was exposed compared to Lingard’s efforts.
United were awful in the second half and this was the acid test which both players failed.


The board have to spend

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It must be remembered that Solskjaer has been working wonders with limitations.
PSG are a superior side and they showed it last night.

United need reinforcements, especially if Sanchez and Mata are to be replaced.
Ashley Young is only a stop gap at right-back, and if Diogo Dalot is not ready to step up, United may need to look for other solutions.
Eric Bailly failed to shine at centre-back and this showed again that United need to spend at the position.

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