Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer orders PSG repeat performance after Man City humiliation

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United can turn things around in the second leg of the Carabao Cup.

Posted Wednesday, January 08, 2020 by

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to channel the same spirit they showed against Paris Saint-Germain last season in the Champions League ahead of the return fixture with Manchester City. City defeated United 3-1 at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

However, the Norwegian boss is confident his players can turn the tide the same way they did against PSG in Paris last year in the Champions League last 16.

The Red Devils lost 2-0 at home but completed a stunning comeback at the Parc des Princes where they won 3-1.

Solskjaer said: "From their first goal and especially the second we struggled to get to grips with them.

"A good reaction second half, but first half until they scored it is was back and forth. We didn't cope with the setback well enough.

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer orders PSG repeat performance after Man City humiliation
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his side to repeat their PSG display (Image: GETTY)

"We didn't deal with their system well enough, we know they can play that way. They played that way last season and beat Chelsea 5-0.

"First goal there is nothing we can do, second is sloppy and the third we just didn't recover.

"With [Nemanja] Matic and his experience [coming on in the second half] he had more presence. It was more about wanting the ball and believing, passing the ball. Someone needed to take responsibility.

"We've shown before we have been down from a home tie and turned it around. PSG is the latest example and we have to believe that we can put on a performance.

"It was a decision late on on who was fit, it was no excuse. We have the players we have. We put a team out believing we could get a result."

City took the lead through Bernardo Silva who netted a stunning left-footed effort from just outside the area in the 17th minute.

Riyad Mahrez made it 2-0 before a comical Andreas Pereira sent City in at the break with a commanding lead.

United were better in the second half and a Marcus Rashford goal has kept them in the tie ahead of the second leg.

Pep Guardiola is pleased with the result which restored confidence following their 2-1 loss to United last month at the Etihad in the Premier League.

But Guardiola insists that a qualification is not yet sealed and insists the Citizens need to make sure not to fall on the same trap PSG did last year.

The Spaniard explained: "The last game [a 2-1 loss in December] we could not control when we lost the ball and tonight we did it better.

"We lost the ball in a position which is so dangerous [for the United goal]. We cannot forget which team we play. Tonight we can be more than satisfied to come here to Old Trafford and win.

"It is not over. We have one more game and we'll see what happens. Of course Manchester United can come back.

"Last year here they lost to PSG and they qualify [in the Champions League]. They have the shirt which means history and pride."



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