Champions League: Defeat to PSG leaves Manchester United on brink of elimination

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There is no hiding place in the Champions League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer probably wanted one as he and his Manchester United team were outclassed and outsmarted by Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford.

Aside from victories in north London against Arsenal and Tottenham, facing PSG was United's biggest test since beating Italian champion Juventus at Turin in November in the group stage.

United lost forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard to muscle injuries midway through the match and replacements Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata failed to provide the necessary spark.

By the time Di Maria responded to the torrent of abuse by picking up a bottle of beer hurled at him and taking a sip, PSG was already leading thanks to academy graduate Presnel Kimpembe's first PSG goal in the 53rd minute.

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And they will be without influential midfielder Paul Pogba in Paris on March 6 as the France global was dismissed in the closing stages, referee Daniele Orsato showing him a second yellow card after a foul on Dani Alves.

Di Maria was predictably booed throughout the night by United's supporters, who felt the South American could have done a lot more to succeed during his time at Old Trafford, and this hostile environment posed a further challenge for the 30-year-old. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

"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".

"At this club you bounce back, you have to bounce back", he said.

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Kimpembe was left completely unmarked to side-foot home Di Maria's corner from point-blank range on 53 minutes. "We've been talking about top four (in the Premier League), that's one thing but we want to be at the top and Man United should be at the top".

A brilliant team goal doubled United's trouble soon after when Mbappe was again too quick for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to meet Di Maria's low cross.

Given the Parisians' two away goals, it would take something monumental to turn this tie around for the English giants. Any hope of a United comeback in Paris suffered another huge blow when Pogba was dismissed late on for catching Dani Alves with a raised boot.

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