The before, during and after of Manchester United’s first leg clash with PSG will not be forgotten anytime soon. This is in part due to the rollercoaster ride the fans had to enjoy and endure.
Man. Utd vs PSG: Before the Game
When the draw was made, United fans feared for their lives because the team was playing badly under Jose Mourinho. Negative football and negative energy were strewn all over the place, with Man. Utd written all over it.
That was in December.
Soon came the managerial change and United fans were hopeful again. The hopes were raised even higher when it was reported that Neymar and Cavani would miss the first leg. Playing against PSG, at Old Trafford, without their Brazilian whiz kid and their Uruguayan talisman was too good to be true. As such, most fans were already dreaming of taking a first leg advantage to Paris for the second leg.
Man. Utd vs. PSG: During the Game
Apparently, Thomas Tuchel had other plans for this game. And it was obvious with the way he set up his side and the way they played. The first half had only one shot on target (a Manchester United shot). It would be the last thing that was on target for United on the night.
The second half was dominated by PSG. The French outfit registered five shots on target, scored two goals and shut out Manchester United. PSG’s 2-0 win was a surprise win for the side that was priced at 3.15 odds to win the game.
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Man. Utd vs. PSG: After the Game
Kylian Mbappe dominated the headlines for his amazing display. An image of Di Maria holding a bottle of beer was all over social media. Ole Gunar Solskjaer had not just lost his first game. He also lost the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to injuries.
Of course, there was the Paul Pogba red card which means the World Cup winner will not be featuring in the second leg in Paris. Talk about a wake-up call for Solskjaer.
The Red Devils now find themselves in somewhat of a precarious situation. It is the first loss under the tutelage of Ole Gunar Solskjaer. A team that has been used to winning back-to-back games now has to find a way to start winning having lost a previous game.
And the return to winning ways may just be tougher than expected for the Norwegians.
Manchester United’s next two games are against Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round and then against Liverpool in the Premier League. It’s the ultimate test for Ole Gunar Solskjaer. The next two games will show the world what stuff exactly Solskjaer is made of.
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