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Gary Neville praises PSG performance and rates Man Utd's chance of progressing

13 February 2019

Ander Herrera has not given up on Champions League progress and is confident that Manchester United's loss to Paris St Germain will not "hurt" or throw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side off kilter.

The Serbian has played an important role in the heart of midfield under Solskjaer, and the pressure will be on him to produce again following Pogba's moment of madness that sees him suspended for the return leg. "We must win at home on March 6". The balls forward from Nemanja Matic, crosses from Ashley Young and surges from Pogba were all dealt with. They did not have a central defensive partnership of the quality of Thiago Silva and Kimpembe, a midfielder of the quality of Marco Verratti or even Marquinhos, or a player with the speed, skill and strength of Mbappe. Manchester United played at home and had one shot on goal in a Champions League match.

Sure, this isn't Glastonbury Festival, but at least United fans will appreciate PSG supporters putting on an fantastic moment with one of their stewards.

United's big names ultimately did not perform when it mattered.

The Red Devils' night was summed up when the in-form Pogba was sent off in the closing stages for a late lunge on Dani Alves, meaning United will be without the Frenchman for the second leg of the tie.

Solskjaer was in no mood to pull his punches with the Chilean, saying: "I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez".

"I don't know why he said that", the Dane replied. "He needs to find himself when he plays because we know there's a quality player there".

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While PSG had the better players, you also have to give credit to their coach Thomas Tuchel because he got his tactics absolutely spot on too.

Ángel Di María, who signed for the Red Devils in 2014 and had an ill-fated spell in the Premier League, came back to haunt his former side by setting up both goals.

"United were set up to counter attack.", Neville added.

Maybe they can do the same in Paris, but few are expecting it after the reality check dished out by a team who have been built to win the Champions League.

"We grew again in this match", said Tuchel. "To defend like that and not allow chances".

Solskjaer launched his spell at the helm with an inviting run of fixtures, and a trip to Crystal Palace, who now sit just three points clear of the relegation zone, could prove welcome after games against PSG, Chelsea and Liverpool. "Of course, it's a hard mountain to climb but it's not impossible if we get to half-time with a 1-0 lead, that's what we've got to look for".

If United are going to get back to where they want to be then that is a position where they need to identify someone who is world-class and available, and bring them in.

Gary Neville praises PSG performance and rates Man Utd's chance of progressing