Herrera Explains Where It All Went Wrong For Manchester United Against PSG

PSG's Kylian Mbappe set the benchmark for young French players winning the World Cup at the age of 19
LAURENT CIPRIAINI APPSG's Kylian Mbappe set the benchmark for young French players winning the World Cup at the age of 19

15 February, 2019

It is true that losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard did not help Manchester United one bit, but how much difference would they genuinely have made over a full 90 minutes against a Paris Saint-Germain team who were simply better on the night?

United suffered their first defeat under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were on target in a 2-0 win for the French giants.

Martial's injury appears to be a recurrence of a problem that limited his ability to play back-to-back games earlier in the season.

The winger had quite the return to Old Trafford; during which he was lambasted by United fans, had a bottle lobbed in his direction, and was even hurled into the hoardings by Ashley Young.

Manchester United confirmed that they have activated the goalkeeper's clause for an extra year but they still need to iron out something more long-term.

"It was a flawless pass for Kylian", PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said.

Red Devils' midfielder Ander Herrera referred to the same moment as a decisive point in the tie, having stated the following in his post-match interview (via M.E.N.): "After the first goal everything changed".

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"On the football side, we've invested around the recruitment side, the player-care side, [there is] continued investment with facilities, medical and sports science, so the evolution is continuing".

"It was a new system and we weren't really used to it", Mbappe said. "He needs to find himself when he plays because we know there's a quality player there".

But Solskjaer claimed Pogba did not deserve to get a second booking for his challenge on Dani Alves.

United said it had paid £19.6 million as compensation to Mourinho and some members of his coaching staff. "We're not going to give updates part way through".

Aside from victories in north London against Arsenal and Tottenham, facing PSG was United's biggest test since beating Italian champion Juventus at Turin in November in the group stage.

The pay-off for Mourinho was less than reported in some quarters but more than double the £8.4m it cost United to sack predecessor Louis van Gaal and four times the £5.2m hit from axing David Moyes in 2014.

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