Solskjaer accepts ‘reality check’, defends ‘unlucky’ Pogba


Date published: Tuesday 12th February 2019 11:38

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits the defeat to PSG offered Manchester United a ‘reality check’ after a run of 11 games unbeaten since he took over.

The Red Devils were no match for PSG once the Ligue 1 side upped the tempo in the second half of their Champions League last 16 first-leg clash at Old Trafford.

Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe have given United an uphill task but Solskjaer is adamant that the tie is not over and insists United must have belief in Paris.

“Mountains are made to be climbed aren’t they! You can’t lay down and say this is over,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.

“We are going to have to go down there, believe in ourselves, play a good game and improve from today obviously. Today was a kind of a reality check on the level of the top teams.

“You can see that we’ve not played games at this level for a while, we will have to learn from this experience.

“It was one of those experiences that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we are going to learn from.”

“It looked like the game we thought it was going to be,” Solskjaer added.

“First half there wasn’t much in it. First goal when they got that one – it was a poor goal to give away from a set piece – then they got the momentum they started to control the game. They had the experience to play out.

“You can’t give that (Lingard and Martial going off injured) as a reason. We have Mata and Sanchez to come on who are quality players.

“Jesse and Anthony give us something, let’s hope they are not too serious. They are muscle injuries so we will have to wait a couple of days.”

Solskjaer sympathised for Pogba over his red card, adding: “I know Paul wants to just shield the ball so he’s unlucky that he hits (Alves) on the knee.”