Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United not dead in Europe despite PSG defeat

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But for the saves of David De Gea, United would have lost by a heavier margin, but this was still their heaviest European defeat at Old Trafford; prior to this, United had not been beaten by more than one goal at home in over 60 years.

The home fans did their best to create a crackling atmosphere on the club's return to big Champions League nights, although the goading of Di Maria only coaxed a stellar performance from the Argentine, who created both goals for Presnel Kimpembe - who was lucky to still be on the pitch after earlier offences - and Kylian Mbappe.

United lost forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to muscle injuries midway through the match and replacements Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata failed to provide the necessary spark.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December and United have secured 10 wins in 11 games under his charge, their latest victory a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.

Instead it was United who received the only red card of the game when Paul Pogba was dismissed in the 89th minute.

Neymar was already ruled out with a broken foot when Edinson Cavani hurt his left thigh at the weekend to join the world's most expensive player on PSG's injury list.

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"The second goal was quality by them". We're going to have to go there, believe in ourselves, play a good game and improve from today obviously.

The World Cup victor has scored eight goals and set up another five since Solskjaer took over in mid-December and having been given licence to roam from midfield has looked a player re-born. "You can see that we've not played games at this level for a while". "I just want to keep enjoying my football, being useful to the club and my team-mates, whether on the field or if needed off it".

For around 20 minutes, the Champions League glory days really did feel like they were back for Manchester United. We have to learn from this.

Signed for a then-British record fee in 2014 and sold after one poor season, he helped Thomas Tuchel's side go ahead as Kimpembe turned home his exceptional corner delivery in the 53rd minute.

Buffon was named in PSG's starting XI and the 41-year-old became only the third keeper after Edwin van der Sar and Iker Casillas to reach 50 Champions League clean sheets.

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