Manchester united welcomed French giants PSG to the theatre of dreams in the first leg of their semifinal match up as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost for the first time as caretaker Manager of the Red Devils.
The hosts started energetically as they pressed PSG and matched them boot for boot in the first half of the game. The best chance of the half falling at the feet of Kylian Mbappe when played through by Julian Draxler but unfortunately his first touch let him down and he missed the target.
After the break in play PSG stunned the home fans with two quick goals as United fell apart. The first goal came eight minutes into the second half when a corner was met by Presnel Kimpembe who diverted the ball home unmarked at the edge of the six yard box past stopper De Gea.
Mbappe using his pace tore apart the united defence and finished clinically as former united player Angel Di Maria provided his second assist of the game.
PSG pushed for three but for some brilliant goalkeeping by David de Gea.
United’s chances of making a comeback were further derailed as talisman Paul Pogba was given his marching orders after he was shown a second yellow after a foul on Dani Alves in the closing stages of normal time.
Before that United Skipper Ashley young was fortunate to be on the pitch after a dangerous body check on Angel Di Maria who run him ragged the whole of the match.
The match was quite heated and featured 10 yellow cards in all. The world cup winner, Pogba, will miss the second leg due to suspension. United lost two influential players, Martial and Jesse Lingard midgame which changed their gameplay but coming into this match PSG had also been plagued with injuries to Neymar, Cavani, Meunier and Verrati who started the game but limped of in the second half.
WHATS NEXT IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR UNITED?
Manchester United have to overcome the two away goals scored by PSG in Paris on 6 March without arguably their most influential player, Paul Pogba. But it’s the champions league and we’ve been served with some breathtaking comebacks in previous years, so we can’t write united off just yet.
Story by: Kwamena Afful Cleland/Univers Sports/univernewsroom.com