Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called Manchester United’s 2-0 home loss to Paris-St Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League a “reality check” but insisted “mountains are there to be climbed.”
Former United winger Angel Di Maria provided the assists for goals scored by Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.
Interim boss Solskjaer told BT Sport: “They had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game. You could see that we hadn’t played at this level for a while and we will have to learn. It was an experience that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season defining one, it’s one we have to learn from.”
Asked about injuries to Lingard and Martial:”You can’t say that’s a reason, we had quality players to come on but Lingard and Martial give us something and let’s hope they are not too serious. They are muscle injuries, we have to wait a couple of days.”
On Pogba’s sending off: “Paul Pogba is trying to get his body across and Dani Alves is clever enough to put his foot in there. Paul wants to shield the ball, he’s unlucky.
“Mountains are there to be climbed, you can’t lay down and say this is over We will go there, play our game and improve from today.
“Today is a reality check for us.”
Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe struck in a seven-minute spell just before the hour mark as PSG displayed their credentials to finally become champions of Europe for the first time, especially once they get the world’s most expensive player Neymar and Edinson Cavani back from injury.
After a run of 10 wins and one draw in 11 games since Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, defeat is a reality check for United’s revival and they have a mountain to climb when the sides meet again for the second leg on 6 March.
The English giants will also have to cope without Paul Pogba in three weeks’ time as he was sent off for two yellow cards a minute from time to round off a terrible night for the hosts.
This was Solskjaer’s first defeat as interim boss after winning 10 of his first 11 games since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December.
“We have to play a good game in Paris,” he added.