The Manchester United team was defeated by Paris Saint Germain 0-2 in the first match of the 1/8-finals of the Champions League. This is the first defeat for the Reds under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over the team 54 days ago. During that time he recorded 10 wins and one draw in all races. Frans Kimpembe opened the Old Trafford score in the 53rd minute, and after an hour of play Killian Mabé formed the final result – 2: 0 for Pari Saint-Germain.
Former Manchester United footballer Angel de Maria played a phenomenal match for his team after assisting both of his team-mates. At the same time, he repeatedly ironies the fans of the hosts, who did not stop him in the whole duel. As it is known, Maria played a season for Manchester United, which certainly was not his best, and it infuriated the fans of the Red Devils.
The advance for the French Grand Prix is more than comfortable after Paul Pogba received a red card at the end of the match after a defeat against Daniel Alves. This card is sure to take him back to Park de Prés, which will be on March 6th. In this way the terrifying series of the English team in the elimination phase of the Champions League continues. The team, now led by Norwegian Solskayer, has not been successful in the matches since March 2014. For the last time Manchester beat Solskayer in March five years ago.
Ole Gunnar Solskayer made five changes to United's team against the background Fulham's visit over the past weekend (3: 0). The scheme was 4-3-3, and Ashley Young, Eric Bai, Jesse Linggard, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford started from the first minute for the important meeting from WS.
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Thomas Touchel also took his lead in a 4-3-3 draw, and on the top of the Parisians were Angel de Maria, Kilian Mabé and Daniel Alves. Gigi Buffon stood by Captain Tiago Silva, Presnell Kimpembe, Tilo Kerer, and Juan Bernat.
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The first major danger came in the fifth minute. PSG is attacking, but United steals to the left and follows a rapid counterattack. Luke Shaw put his left on Antoni Marciail, the French blade combines with Jesse Linggard, but Bernat crossed the attack. A moment later, Angel di Maria fired just before the boundary of the penalty area to De Hea's door but his left foot struck off.
In the ninth minute Marcus Rashford was surrounded by three PSG players on the right. Nevertheless, the Englishman showed enviable self-confidence and shoots from a difficult situation. The ball flies dangerously to Buffon's door, but the Italian guard cautiously moves in a corner shot.
Quite logically, in the first quarter of an hour the two teams played more cautiously, although the attacks were speeding. However, United's attacking actions and SSG ended in the De Hae and Buffon penal fields. In the 16th minute, Pogba moved to the right through Kimpebe very technically. United's French midfielder rushed to Buffon's door and released a sharp, straight pass for Jesse Linggard, but Gianluigi Buffon caught confidently. Captain Tiago Silva fought to stop the ball with a sword, getting pain in the back of the thigh.
A moment later Ashley Young centered phenomenally in the penalty area of the Parisians. The ball went over Bernat, and in the instant Kimpembe departed to the call so Lyngard could not detect Buffon. In the 19th, Julian Dracsler committed a cynical violation in the middle of the field against Ander Herera and Daniele Orsato did not get involved and showed him the first yellow card in the match.
In the 24th minute, Marciail had a great chance for United. Salskayer's team set up a lightning-fast counter-attack by Jesse Linggard. The midfielder dropped to the left towards Marseilles, who did not care, and the ball went under his foot. If he had gone, he could safely continue to attack Buffon's door and come out "one against one." In the 28th minute, PSG wasted an amazing position. Marco Verati combines with Julian Draxler, who instantly released the land for Babe. The pass passes by Lindelof and Matic, and the French PSG footballer stays "decked" with De Hea. He made a hit, which did not fall amazingly at the door of the English team.
In the 37th minute the PSG created another strong attack, and the pass was for Di Maria. The Argentineian wing of the French was overtaking De Hea and somehow missed, returning the ball to the bosom, and later ambush was marked. In the 39th minute, Antoni Marciail slumped to the ground, holding his thigh. Ole Gunnar Solskayer immediately sent Alexis Sanchez to warm up.
A moment later, Ashley Young made more of a foolish foul against Angel of Mary. The Argentine caught a ball across the bar, and Young pushed him off the pitch. De Maria stopped in the metal partitions separating the rostrums from the Old Trafford field and, by chance, Ashley Young did not get a second yellow card after receiving a detention card in the 30th minute.
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At the very end of the first half, Danny Alvesch shot a shot after a free kick, but the ball flew over De Hea's crossbar. It was also the last most interesting episode of the first 45 minutes in Manchester.
The second part started with pressure from the hosts, and Rapsford centered sharply in the 49th minute, between Buffon and the Central Defenders line, but no teammate was able to detect it.
In the 53rd minute, Presnell Kimpembe saw Danny Alves right on the right. The experienced defensive foul delivered a phenomenal centering pace for Mabape. The assailant plays with his head, and De Hea somehow slams from the bottom right corner of his door. In the subsequent corner kick, PSG opened the score. Angel Di Maria centered on the far beam. The ball flew over the head of Pogba, while Matič "forgot" Kimpembe, who put his left leg up and found – 1: 0 for PSG!
Miraculously, PSG did not double its lead in the 56th minute. Di Maria is cornering from a corner and the ball was knocked to the rainbow in front of United's penalty box. There Danny Alves welcomed the ball and, with a powerful shot, sent her to De Hea's door. The ball flew dangerously to United's door, but Pugba's right leg lifted the ball and she went into a corner kick. In this situation, United really survived. In the 59th minute, however, Tiago Silva knocked his head to the middle of the pitch, but Ander Herera did not get involved and shot. The ball went past Buffon's right side column and came out.
In the 60th minute PSG doubled its lead in Manchester. The team, led by Thomas Tuhel, made a muddling counterattack from the left side. Juan Bernat saw Angel Angel on the left. Former United midfielder broke forward and released a parallel pass across the ground to Mabape. Eric Baie tried to clear, but his strength did not come, but Mabape did not miss the second time – 2: 0 for PSG!
One hundred and eighty seconds later, Kilian Babe missed another opportunity for PSG to make a classic lead for his team. The Parisian blade took to the right and set free to shoot De Hea. Babe made an extra touch, closing his corner but still making a parabolic shot. The Spanish home keeper guarded the ball with his right hand, remaining up to the last. In the 64th minute the shock for United continued and Juan Bernat was left to the left uncovered by Ashley Young. The Spaniard took a skillful shot and fired with his left foot, but De Hea reflected and sent the ball to the corner.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team calmed down after the PSG's pressure after the second goal subsided, and tried to impose his own. However, tens of minutes before Gigi Buffon's door were flying tall, centered balls, but the only stroke that had happened was Pogba, which was blocked by Bernat.
In the 74th minute, Mark Verethi blocked Ander Herera's shot, but the ball turned to his left ankle. He stayed on the ground, and Tuchel reacted instantly and replaced it with the snow-capped Zenith St. Petersburg – Leandro Paredes. In the 78th minute, Matic saw Ashley Young on the right. United's experienced captain scored a good ground shot, but none of his teammates decided to attack the ball in the penalty area and she went into touch.
At the very end of the match, Paul Pogba performed a rough foul in the middle of the field against Danny Alves, which gave him a second yellow card and was expelled. This was the last more interesting episode in the match, with PSG going to Paris with a perfect match for the team.
Manchester United: 1. David de Hea – 2. Viktor Lindelof, 3. Eric Bai, 18. Ashley Young, 23, Luke Shaw – 31. Nemanja Matic, 21. Ander Erera, 6. Paul Pogba – 11. Anthony Marsial '- Juan Mata), 14. Jesse Linggard (45 + 4' – Alexis Sanchez), 10. Marcus Rashford (84 '- Romulus Lukaku)
PSG: 1. Gianluigi Buffon – 2. Tiago Silva, 3. Pressel Kimpembe, 4. Tillo Kerer, 5. Marguinos, 14. Juan Bernat – 13. Danny Alves, 6. Marko Verratti (75 'Leandro Paredes) 23. Julian Draxler, 11. Angel di Maria (81 '- Colin Dagba), 7. Kilian Mbape
Judge: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Stadium: Old Trafford, Manchester.