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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was not aware of the serious injuries inflicted on Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in the UEFA Champions League team's loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
The coach suffered a defeat for the first time Tuesday, while the goals of Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were enough to give the French champions an impressive 2-0 win tonight; The red card of Paul Pogba was late to crown a miserable evening for the Red Devils.
Speaking after the match about Martial and Lingard shots – the first was replaced at half-time by Juan Mata and the last by Alexis Sanchez on the brink of interval – Solskjaer said he hoped that the problems would not be too serious for both players, Tom Caldon MailOnline.
"Jesse and Anthony have given us something, so let's hope they're not too serious," he said. "These are muscle injuries so we will have to wait a few days."
If United wants a chance to reverse the deficit, it will be necessary that all his players are ready for the return match, with Martial and Lingard among the main. The team's performance dropped significantly in the second period, while the duo was not on the field.
With only the pace of Marcus Rashford to fear, PSG was able to take a step forward and assert themselves in the game, dominating the ball and catching up with his opponents. Rob Blanchette, of Bleacher Report, commented on how the absence of Lingard and Martial was detrimental to the cause:
Rob Blanchette @_Rob_B
This shows how delicate #MUFC is and which positions need to be strengthened. Rashford, Lingard and Martial rightly begin. We looked good in the first half But Sanchez & amp; Lukaku are not suitable for this system. We will have to strengthen the seat in these roles.
James Ducker of The telegraph of the day stated that he did not believe that Mata and Sanchez were perfectly suited to the way Solskjaer wants to play:
James Ducker @TelegraphDucker
United has lost confidence in his abilities and ability to support effectively when Lingard and Martial are gone. Mata would never be able to do that, and as for Sanchez … what has become of him? Verification of reality after a superb start under OGS. It will be necessary that Lingard and Martial return quickly https://t.co/omW3pD4s6T
Although there is some doubt as to whether Martial and Lingard will be available for the match in Paris, United will certainly be without Pogba because of the suspension.
The midfielder in form was expecting a lot, but Marco Verratti and Marquinhos dropped it. In the end, he was given a second yellow card for a high tackle, although Solskjaer said that he felt as if Pogba was unhappy.
"There is no chance," said the manager, per Chris Wheeler of Daily mail. "Pogba is trying to get past his body and Dani Alves is smart enough to put his foot in it."
Raphael Honigstein of ESPN FC did not agree with the assessment of the leader of the Red Devils:
Raphael Honigstein @Honigstein
The "challenge" of Pogba seems worse with each repetition. Fortunately, it was only a yellow.
With Pogba missing, besides Lingard and Martial have doubts, it is a huge demand for United to organize this contest in the French capital.
The game was an indicator of how far United had to go. Even without stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani, PSG could reach a level that the Red Devils could not handle.