‘This is a reality check for Manchester United’: Rio Ferdinand believes PSG defeat has brought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer down to earth with a bump
- Manchester United’s winning run came to an end in 2-0 defeat by PSG
- Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored as French side eased to victory
- Rio Ferdinand thought United never got going in an attacking sense
- Pundit also believes that the tie has effectively been put to bed in first leg
It was the first time Solskjaer has been on the losing side as interim boss and Ferdinand thinks the result will bring the group back down to earth with a bump.
Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United are effectively out of the Champions League
United suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat, their first loss under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The BT Sport pundit said: ‘I think this is a reality check for this Man United team, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I think it’s something that they are going to have to learn from and now we’ll see their reaction to it.
‘I’m sure in his tenure this would be a part he’d be preparing for then it’s how they prepare and react to this defeat.
‘We knew it was going to come as some point, he’s been on a phenomenal run. he’s rejuvenated this place, given it a bit of belief. Today it was a level up and we saw the difference in the Champions League with the Premier League tonight.’
Two second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were enough to see Thomas Tuchel’s side over the line and they will take a commanding lead back to Paris.
Ferdinand was disappointed that United failed to show any of the attacking prowess they’ve so far demonstrated under Solskjaer.
‘Tonight, they didn’t get going as an attacking force at all. We’ve seen some great attacking play in this team over the last few weeks, today we didn’t see any examples of that.
Solskjaer saw his side outclassed by PSG and the unbeaten run came to an end
Kylian Mbappe scored the second goal and United could not muster a response
‘PSG without two of their best attacking players coasted second half and really put the game to bed and I think the tie too,’ he concluded.
Owen Hargreaves, who was in the studio with Ferdinand, heaped praise on the Ligue 1 side: ‘Two away goals is magnificent, we said before the game Tuchel is brave and we saw that, it was a really good performance.
‘Defensively, Marquinhos was the best player on the pitch and Buffon didn’t have to make a save virtually all game.
‘It was comfortable in the end you’d have to say, it’s a reality check for Man United, they’ve been magnificent up to this point, it’s maybe just one step too far.’
Owen Hargreaves preferred to praise PSG and said Thomas Tuchel was brave
And Paul Ince gave a withering assessment of United’s performance.
He said: ‘The scoreline has probably flattered Man United if you look at the chances that they had.
‘It was a tough ride for them today, they really got schooled today in how to play football.’