It is true that losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard did not help Manchester United one bit, but how much difference would they genuinely have made over a full 90 minutes against a Paris Saint-Germain team who were simply better on the night?
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was handed his first defeat as United caretaker manager after the French club outclassed his side. Yet, in the days leading up to the game, the Ligue 1 champions were not considered to be favourites any more.
Yes, it was a disappointing defeat on a flat night at Old Trafford, but that is not a reflection on Ole - more a reminder of how far this United team is from being a side that can win the Champions League.More news: Di Maria makes abusive gestures to United fans after PSG opener
They looked timid in the first period, seemingly afraid to take the game to the Red Devils in the fear, but they left any trepidation in the changing rooms as they came out firing after the interval to swing the balance of the tie heavily in their favour thanks to two vital away goals. They are a top team.
"I think this result is not going to hurt us because of the way we lost", he said.
From what we have just seen in the first leg, it is extremely hard to make a case for United turning the tie around in Paris on 6 March.More news: Dua Lipa comes out on top at Grammys
It was Solskjaer's 12th game since he took over as interim manager from Jose Mourinho and his side were out-performed by superior opposition.
United often found themselves overrun in midfield, with Marquinhos and Marco Verratti controlling the game for the most part. "Unfortunately, the second goal came next, so it's a shame". It showed they are a real team, even if they will probably need Neymar and Cavani back if they are to get beyond the quarterfinals for the first time in their history. "They are teams that are as good as PSG, so we will go there to try and make it hard for them".
United did hold their own in the first half of a frenetic match but PSG dealt with what they had to offer.More news: Disney's 'Frozen 2' fires up a fun first trailer
It would take a monumental reverse in fortunes if United are to reach the quarter-finals after the second leg in Parc de Princes on March 6. However, the tempo of their play dropped significantly following the restart and they were deservedly punished. United though did bounce back from that by then winning in Turin against the Italian champions 2-1.