Manchester United interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted his side’s loss to PSG in the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday night is a reality check.
Concise News reports that United were downed by two second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.
It brought to an end an 11 match unbeaten run for the Norwegian. In those periods, they’ve faced Spurs and Arsenal, with Chelsea and Liverpool upcoming.
“Of course it was a reality check. You can see the strength they have when they put those players in (Neymar and Edinson Cavani), but then again, that’s the level we want to get to. We are looking to strengthen the squad and we have to learn with so many youngsters, to make the step up next season,” Solskjær stated.
The 45-year old continued:
It looked like the game we thought it was going to be. In the first half, there wasn’t really much in it, and then they got the first goal. When they got that one, it was a poor goal to give away. Then they got the momentum. They started to control the game. They had the experience to play it out.
”You can see that we’ve not played games at this level for a while and we’ll have to learn from this experience because it was one of those experiences that can go either way. It’s not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we’re going to learn from.”
UNITED NEED TO BELIEVE
We know we need to score two goals and not concede. But we’ve done that before at this club. We’ve turned things around. Of course, PSG are a really good team with quality from the keeper to the striker, but we’ve got to go there and believe. We’ve got to go there and try, we’ve got to go there and make an effort, and learn from today. We’ve got to look at this game and see where it went wrong. Of course, when you concede a goal from a set-piece, you concede a goal on the counter-attack, you should not concede those goals.
“We’ve got Chelsea and Liverpool coming up, so there’s no time to be sorry for ourselves. We’ll be ready for Chelsea, don’t worry about that.”