Solskjaer: PSG levels above Manchester United

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The first half for the home-crowd was an added woe due to the injuries that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard seemed to have picked up. We're going to have to go there, believe in ourselves, play a good game and improve from today obviously.

PSG were missing injured forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani, but their absence was barely noticed as Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria - the latter jeered throughout at his former home ground - orchestrated the French champions' victory, which sees them put one foot in the quarterfinals.

PSG were a ferociously counter-attacking side and the electric pace of Di Maria and Mbappe took out any hope that a rather haphazard United backline may have held at securing breakthroughs.

The odds appear to be stacked against the Premier League outfit as they prepare to head out on the road and battle to keep their continental dreams alive. This was a level up from what we've played against.

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"We go down to Paris and we will give it a go".

Nevertheless, Solskajer, who presided over 10 wins and a draw in his first 11 fixtures, insisted United must learn from such setbacks if they are aspiring once again to be among the cream of the European elite.

Solskjaer might have that tactical acumen in his locker, but it was not on show on a chastening night for the man in the home dugout.

"The back-four of United is still the area - it's no different to what Jose said when he went for [Jerome] Boateng and Harry Maguire - centre-back is still a position where they need world class".

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I don't think there is much that Solskjaer could have done differently against PSG, and he was not helped by having Martial and Lingard both forced off.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, the Norwegian contended that his team were rocked by the concession of the opening goal early in the second half and acknowledged that they failed to rise to the challenge of rattling in the French champions in the final half hour.

The first half was largely forgettable but Ashley Young was lucky not to receive a second yellow when he sent Di Maria crashing into the advertising boards. The Chilean was largely anonymous after coming on as a first-half substitute and afterwards Solskjaer insisted it was up to him to get back to his best. "We're ready for the next game, that's the thing for us, we're Man United and we always bounce back". Yes, we won, but we still need to play at Parc des Princes. He had a bit of a hard time because I was close to him.

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