How PSG's calmness overcame Man United; Mbappe warns 'stop selling fear'

Only Kylian Mbappe will be fit to face Manchester United on Tuesday evening

Evan Bartlett 4 hours Monday February 11th 2019 PSG team news How injury-hit French side could line up vs Man Utd Champions League

Dani Alves said Paris Saint-Germain have to win the Champions League once and for all this season following their first-leg victory over Manchester United in the last 16.

"The big thing for Man Utd is finishing in the top four and potentially winning the FA Cup would be an incredible achievement".

He said: "I don't think Manchester United have any chance in Paris [in the return leg]".

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.

Second half strikes from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave the French champions two away goals that could turn out to be pivotal within the context of the tie.

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"I am not scared of any comeback, because if you are scare you can't reach any goal", Alves said. Yet, in the days leading up to the game, the Ligue 1 champions were not considered to be favourites any more.

Pogba has been the best player in the Premier League since Solskjaer took charge, and he has played a key role in setting up so many of United's goals as well as scoring some himself. They did not have a central defensive partnership of the quality of Thiago Silva and Kimpembe, a midfielder of the quality of Marco Verratti or even Marquinhos, or a player with the speed, skill and strength of Mbappe. "Unfortunately, the second goal came next, so it's a shame".

But they did. PSG's injury-hit team went to Manchester, saw what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men had for them, and conquered. "I think the past is the past, and you create history, don't tell them". The Chilean was largely anonymous after coming on as a first-half substitute and afterwards Solskjaer insisted it was up to him to get back to his best. However, the tempo of their play dropped significantly following the restart and they were deservedly punished.

If United are going to get back to where they want to be then that is a position where they need to identify someone who is world-class and available, and bring them in.

Pogba and Mourinho had several run-ins during their time together at Old Trafford, with the Frenchman losing his place in the squad before Solskjaer's arrival.

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