It was something that was always going to happen, wasn’t it!
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer may have, since taking over the managerial role, accumulated an unbeaten run of 11 games, but common sense inferred that run wouldn’t last forever and that, somewhere down the line, the Norwegian would suffer his first defeat.
The fact that it came in such an important game is a bitter pill to swallow.
After losing 2-0 to the French side, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United have a mountain to climb, in the second leg, if they are going to reach the quarter-final stages of the competition.
Solksjaer, talking to the media after the game, and as reported by the BBC, had this to say about his first defeat in charge:
“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.
“Today is a reality check for us.
“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.”
That’s all we can do, but if we can get a good start and an early goal, who knows what might happen, although, on the evidence of last night it’s a huge ask.
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