Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer sees PSG lose before European tie

Monday 04 February 2019 08:58

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in France on Sunday night to see our Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain lose their first match of the Ligue 1 season.

Following the 1-0 Premier League win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the afternoon, which was secured thanks to Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal, the boss boarded a flight to Europe with his coach Mike Phelan.

The pair arrived at the Groupama Stadium in time to take their seats in the stand, from where they had a perfect view of our upcoming visitors to Old Trafford.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the presence of Solskjaer and Phelan did not go unnoticed by the television cameras, which regularly panned to the duo throughout the night.

Ex-United man Angel Di María fired PSG in front after seven minutes but Moussa Dembele equalised in the first half and then won a penalty early in the second period, which was converted by Nabil Fekir.

The home side held on to secure what has been described as a shock 2-1 win and the result means that PSG are now 10 points clear of Lille at the top of Ligue 1, with Lyon three points further back after a third straight win.

Former Reds defender Rafael da Silva missed the match for Lyon, but another familiar face to United fans – Memphis Depay – was in the thick of the action all evening, out on the left wing. Check out this piece of skill...

Thomas Tuchel's PSG were without the injured Neymar, who is reportedly out of action for 10 weeks after sustaining an injury to his right foot when playing against RC Strasbourg on 23 January. 

The French club made an announcement late last month that suggested the Brazilian will miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 tie against us, “after detailed analysis by specialists”.

PSG can still call upon world-class strikers Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani in Neymar's absence. And while both players were surprisingly subdued during Sunday night’s big game against Lyon, Solskjaer will know both players will pose a threat in our anticipated European Cup ties.

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