Manchester United suffered a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, but it was our first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian has been in charge over a month and has already turned United’s season around. Now there’s a very good chance the Reds will finish in the top four, although Arsenal and Chelsea remain in the fight for a Champions League spot.
Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov has blasted those “talking sh*t” about United “being found out” after suffering one defeat under Solskjaer.
People are definitely getting ahead of themselves in both instances. Solskjaer is in the middle of a trial period at United, still trying to prove himself, and Tuesday night was his first Champions League encounter. To suggest he was found out by a superior PSG side is baffling.
We are without Paul Pogba for the return fixture in Paris after the France international was sent off for two bookable offences. Jesse Lingard also suffered a hamstring injury in the first-half and Anthony Martial came off with a knock.
Berbatov believes you must take into account the calibre of opposition.
Speaking to Betfair, the former United striker said: “Paris Saint-Germain are a great team and deserved to win on the night but I didn’t think United were that bad an some of the comments about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘being found out’ were ridiculous.
“He has got them into the top four – something no-one thought was possible this season – but they lose one game to a team full of superstars and people start talking sh*t again.
“It’s the way of the world these days but everyone who understands football knows what a good job Ole has done.
“The big difference on Tuesday was the first goal – even the best and most creative teams have to rely on set pieces sometimes – which gave PSG the confidence to play, and control the game.
“The injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial obviously played a major role as United lost their pace and directness up front.
“It’s often hard for subs to integrate themselves into these type of games quickly, and PSG made it as hard as possible for Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata to settle.”
Although it is unlikely, a comeback in Paris is possible, and we have every faith in Solskjaer going for the tie out there.
United are back in action on Monday night against Chelsea in the FA Cup. That is followed by a league fixture against Liverpool.