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PSG serve Solskjaer a stark lesson

13 February 2019

"He's a great player, a top player with lots of qualities and the kind of player who excels in a top game in the Champions League".

In seven second-half minutes, when Presnel Kimpembe and then Kylian Mbappe scored, the French champions punctured the soaring confidence of everyone associated with United since the Norwegian took charge in December. On Tuesday, Solskjaer failed that test and, for the dreamers who had already anointed him as the best man to take the team forward, this was a night when the full scale of the task hit home and it was suggested that he is not the man for the job, after all.

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

"I don't think there's any real reason to rush it and make that announcement today".

"But we've got some good players, who I think will be capable of stopping him".

As if being beaten 2-0 by a rampant PSG was not bad enough, Solskjaer also had to watch two of his in-form forwards - Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial - limp off with injuries, while the red card Paul Pogba received in the closing stages will rule the France midfielder out of the return leg in his home city on March 6.

'We couldn't say we were the better team, but they were not better than us either.

United did hold their own in the first half of a frenetic match but PSG dealt with what they had to offer.

"I think there has to be some realism in terms of where this group of players are at".

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"They are muscle injuries, we have to wait a couple of days".

They soaked up United's pressure and early high tempo.

"The back-four of United is still the area - it's no different to what Jose said when he went for [Jerome] Boateng and Harry Maguire - centre-back is still a position where they need world class. So we should have a good performance to reach the objective".

'But this is football. "We are working hard for it". We won away against Tottenham, we won against Arsenal.

"We will give it a go".

'Right now, we have to think about the FA Cup against Chelsea and keep our place in the top four'.

Gary Neville believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in with a major chance of being appointed as Manchester United's next permanent manager. Sat in the top four for the first time since the opening weekend of the season, Solskjaer's side now focus on the FA Cup and travel to Chelsea on Monday for an interestingly-poised fifth-round clash.

'I think we are not going to lose time thinking about what happened tonight, ' Herrera told MUTV. "It's a big achievement for us". FA Cup is a competition that we lost the final past year (when) deserving to win, in my opinion.

PSG serve Solskjaer a stark lesson