Paris Saint-Germain took a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a comprehensive 2-0 round of 16, first-leg win at away from home against Manchester United on Tuesday.
PSG showed they still retain plenty of world class talent despite their big name absentees as United struggled to contain the slick passing of Thomas Tuchel’s men in midfield and the pace of Mbappe in attack.
First half scoreline flattered United’s performance a bit as I felt PSG were the better side and their dominant performance was deserving of at least goal however, the game took an interesting turn in the second half through their moments of inspiration in the second-half as goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kyllian Mbappe secured their victory.
United on the other hand, in addition to suffering the defeat, also ended the game with 10 men on the pitch as Paul Pogba picked up a second yellow-card late into the game.
Here are three things we learned from the Old Trafford clash
DI MARIA SILENCES DETRACTORSAngel di Maria was roundly booed by the home support on his return to Old Trafford(as you would expect) after an unhappy one-season spell with United after signing for a then club record £60 million in 2014.
But the Argentine silenced his detractors by setting up both goals and also mocked the throwing of a beer bottle at him by pretending to drink from it.
INSPIRING POGBA REARED ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN
Since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Labile Pogba has been at the heart of everything good, leading the United revival with eight goals and five assists since Solskjaer was hired as interim manager however, the French international cultivated the act of cease and desist as it was seen with his performance on the Tuesday night with the Parisians.
NO CAVANI, NEYMAR NO PROBLEM
Neymar, Cavani who? With Neymar clearly out round of 16 clash with a broken metatarsal and Goal hungry Cavani nursing a hip problem,The Pressure of productivity in front of goal automatically was swung in the direction of Mbappe as the teenager was the only fit first team forward.
And as you would expect for a youngster reaching for greatness to respond, Kylian Mbappe rose to the occasion with his blistering display of his electric pace and predatory finishing..
He was Once considered one of the most lethal attacking threats in the Premier League, his stock has fallen dramatically as THE PIANO MAN has failed to make any significant impact since his mouth watering move to Manchester United from Arsenal and on Tuesday night and The Chilean international’s torrid run of form continued Tuesday night with yet another lackluster performance after coming on for injured Jesse Lingard before half time. The 30 year old reputedly gave up possession to the French side. but the question is How exactly how often did it happen with him ? Well, that answer varies wildly depending on your source
Fun fact : Alexis holds the Premier League record for losing the ball more times than any other player in a single game(32)
Sanchez started life slowly at Old Trafford after his mid-season move from Arsenal, but many thought he would kick on this term but that has not been the case. Maybe Alexis huge weekly wage is weighing him down.
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