Paris Saint-Germain win big as Manchester United fall at Old Trafford

Paris Saint-Germain win big as Manchester United fall at Old Trafford

Paris Saint-Germain win big as Manchester United fall at Old Trafford

It was United's first defeat under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December and in many ways it was a reality check after 10 wins in 11 games domestically for the Norwegian.

PSG are without the injured Neymar and Edinson Cavani, but have opted to hand wide man Dani Alves a start up front in a three-man forward line alongside Angel Di Maria with World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe the main striker. "Of course they will", Tuchel said when asked if his PSG could replace the Brazil star.

Paul Pogba threatened next, also from a tight angle, beating Presnel Kimpembe down the right-hand side and turning the corner before forcing Buffon into a save, for which he did not concede a rebound.

Forwards Neymar and Cavani, who have scored 41 goals between them this season, are sidelined with foot and hip muscle injuries, respectively, while Meunier was rested for the Old Trafford trip after suffering a concussion. "There are smiles back on everyone's faces, not just on the pitch but at Carrington and Old Trafford, so he himself has brought that back".

As the PSG players swarmed all over each other, celebrating their French teammates first goal for the club in his 97 games, Di Maria looked into the stands and repeatedly shouted "fuck off" at the Manchester United fans. People may think that it's easy but I am 40 and I had to learn a new language and that's something that has opened my mind, it was an evolution for me.

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"My last was Roma (2007), when we beat them 7-1, on a typical Old Trafford night", he said.

The Reds' interim boss, who takes charge of his first European match for United against the French champions, has made five changes to the side that comfortably beat Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday lunchtime.

Meanwhile, in the 36 games Neymar has missed, PSG have won 26, drawn six and lost four, scoring 87 and conceding 26, at an win rate of 72.2 per cent, significantly lower. I must say that without a player of Neymar's calibre, it's going to be heavy going.

"He's got excellent players, world-class players, and whatever he's been doing seems to have pulled them all together, getting the best out of them, so they are getting the results", he said.

Di Maria, booed every time he was on the ball, fired the first warning shot in the sixth minute.

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