Paris Saint-Germain has given Manchester United their first loss under interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as they defeated them 2-0 last night in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.
The match which was expected to be a fiesty contest between the French champions and the red devils right from when the draws were made, did not disappoint as both sides clashed for the first in history.
PSG came to the theatre of dreams with their A game, despite being without star players, Edison Cavani and Neymar Jnr. They controlled the pace of the game in the first half and almost went ahead in the 28th minute through Kylian Mbappe.
Verrati and Draxler had a great interplay before putting Mbappe through on goal, but the teenage sensation failed to convert, as his shot went wide.
The first half ended with both sides failing to score. But with lots of yellow cards to show for the feisty battle going on.
Second half came with PSG hoping to back up their superiority in the match with goals, and they rightly did so in the 53rd minute.
Kimpembe caught Matic napping, as he scored PSG’s first vital away goal from Angel Di Maria’s corner kick.
Manchester United had little to no effort in their opponents goal in a bid to equalize or even steal a win.
instead, it was Thomas Tuchel’s men who even inflicted further damage on the night.
Di Maria was put through down the left wing and he slide in a weighted cross to Kylian Mbappe who happily guided the ball past a helpless David De Gea to put PSG two goals up on the hour mark.
Mbappe should’ve easily put the match to bed when a counter attack surged and Di Maria put him through on goal, leaving him one on one with De Gea. He tried to chip the Spanish GK, but De gea came out victorious in the battle as he stopped Mbappe with his hand.
Manchester United have been completely outplayed at their backyard. But instead of salvaging something from the game, things went from bad to worse as their star man, Paul Pogba received his marching orders.
A red card was brandished to him in the 89th minute which further frustrated the Old Trafford faithfuls.
A card which seem to further dent their chances of mounting a comeback in the second leg.
It will be the first time a French team has beaten Manchester United away from home in European competition. The Red Devils were on a 14 games unbeaten run against French oppositions at home.
The loss also meant that Manchester United have continued their poor run of form in Champions League knock out stages since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. They have managed just one win in their last 10 games, losing six and drawing three.