Dani Alves: Time for PSG to win Champions League

Manchester United players congratulate Paul Pogba after his goal against Fulham

Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored in the second half as PSG outclassed United 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Asked if the Champions League is PSG's main target this season, veteran full-back Alves told reporters: "No, we invest because we have money, but it is not primordial". The German had spent hours watching every United game under Solskjaer - 10 wins from 11 - in the preceding days.

The surf was definitely up for one steward at Old Trafford during Tuesday night's Champions League game.

He said: "I don't think Manchester United have any chance in Paris [in the return leg]. We are working hard for it".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign saw its first bump in the road, with a lacklustre performance from his players condemning Manchester United to a first defeat in 2019.

When this tie was announced, Manchester United were 11/5 to win this match with Ladbrokes, who priced PSG at 11/10 and the draw at 12/5.

I would say a maximum of two - Pogba and David de Gea - which tells you how far United are away from mounting a serious challenge in the Champions League.


Defence is the area where I think United need to improve the most, especially at centre-back which is where they still look vulnerable.

"So, we have the opportunity to reach the next round, but we have to repeat what we've done today, because this team [Man Utd] have history in this competition as we haven't".

"The first half we were good, we defended well".

"We are very happy, proud of the team, the coach and the fans".

And according to Arsene Wenger, PSG's gameplan worked perfectly, as they frustrated Pogba all evening. Yet, in the days leading up to the game, the Ligue 1 champions were not considered to be favourites any more.

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? We conceded a goal from a set piece and took a blow to our morale. There are more matches to come and think about in the future.

Di Maria had the last laugh though as he assisted both his side's goals - and PSG take a healthy lead back to Paris for the second leg of the tie.

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