Solskjaer: Let's take our 'A' game to Paris
Manchester United need to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes if we are to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals but, after eight straight victories on the road, the Reds' away form is at an unprecedented high for the club.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says this club-record run on the road means his players are still in with a chance of getting the result we need against the French champions.
"We can’t write games off, we’ve been fantastic away from home,” said Solskjaer. “We’re not going to go out without giving a fight.
"We’re going to go out there and enjoy the game. We know it’s a difficult place to come and they [PSG] played really well at Old Trafford, so it’s a great challenge for our players to go out there and show what they can do.
"We’d rather win 4-2 than try to get a 2-0. We’ve got to get to half-time better off than we are now. If you can get to 1-0 at half-time then anything can happen in the second half.”
The current winning away run surpasses any during Sir Alex Ferguson's successful reign, and Solskjaer says it's down to the confidence of his players that they have set a new club record.
"It’s an incredible achievement by the players," said Ole. "They go into away games now knowing that we can defend well and we’ve got pace on the counter. They’ve been very confident away from home so hopefully we can take that to Paris because we have to - we're playing against top, top players.”
The Reds have scored 12 goals in the last five away games and will need to show that attacking potency when we take on the Parisians on Wednesday evening.
But it is not just the attack that has impressed, as Solskjaer also praised his side’s defensive solidity and especially the performances of Victor Lindelof.
"Against PSG, in the last 20 minutes, I know they were 2-0 up so they were happy, but I thought we held our own and Victor back there marshalled the troops, so we can go there and score a goal and make it chaotic in the last 15 or 20 minutes," our caretaker manager said.
“He’s a big, big plus. His performances have risen and really improved.
“He’s playing more on the left side; he started really well on the right side with Phil Jones, now Chris Smalling has come in and done really well, so he’s has loads of partners to play with. I think he’s easy to play with for the other centre backs because he’s so reliable.”
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