Mike Phelan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick

Solskjaer: This isn't mission impossible

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his team can do something no club has ever done in the Champions League - overturn a two-goal deficit from the home leg.

The Reds have been written off in some quarters ahead of the conclusion of the round-of-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain, following the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford and Paul Pogba's red card, but Ole remains optimistic his players can deliver on the big stage, and dismisses the idea it's 'mission impossible' in the French capital.
United players at the end of the defeat to PSG.
The home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain hurt the players.

“It is a difficult task but we can do it,” he said at his press conference in Paris. “Obviously, we need the first goal and need to stay in the game. If there's half an hour left, and only one goal in it, anything can happen.

”We need a good plan. It needs to be put in place. We need to perform on the night, of course, as they are a team full of quality.

Solskjaer has stressed there are other examples of miraculous comebacks in Europe's premier competition and expects his team to show they were hurt by the first-leg result.

“Of course, everyone knows that we can do it,” he said.“That we have done it. The results in the Champions League over the last few years have been... I don't want to call them strange, but like last year, Juventus lost 3-0 at home against Real Madrid and suddenly they were 3-0 up after 90 minutes against Madrid away.

”The year before that, PSG versus Barcelona, we all remember those results. There are so many examples of teams that can change results like this.

“Us as a club, we've done it so many times. The players have been fantastic away from home, we've beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham away from home which has given us belief that we can do this as well.

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“It's never 'mission impossible',” he stated. “Obviously it's more difficult but, as I said here earlier, we have to get the first goal and then anything can happen. Football is a technical and tactical game,  but it's also a mental game and, suddenly, goals always change games and, if we get the first one, we'll be believing even more and they might start doubting themselves. But it's important that we get the first one.

”When no-one believes in you, there's always that little bit of character in yourself that we have to show ourselves. Making history isn't really the motivation. The motivation is going through. I think these players, they're not used to losing and aren't happy with the way we lost the home game, but we know, at our best, we can match them.

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