Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his side that “anyone feeling sorry for themselves” after their 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the round of 16 fixture in the UEFA Champions League, will be dropped.
The Red Devils play Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday and the Norwegian wants to see some fight from his players as they prepare for that clash.
“We’ve got Chelsea and Liverpool in the next two games so whoever feels sorry for themselves will not play the next game. Don’t feel sorry for yourselves. This is a level up from what we’re used to,” Solskjaer said as quoted by ESPN.
“We’ve not played games at this level for a while. We have to learn from this experience, it’s not going to be a season-defining one.”
“Mountains are there to be climbed…”
Ole Gunnar Solskjær reacts to his first defeat as Man Utd boss.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 12, 2019
Second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe ensured that the visitors came away with two crucial away goals, though Solskjaer has not given up hope of causing an upset in the return leg.
“The reaction in dressing room is disappointment but when we go to Paris we’ll give it a go. It will be difficult and it’s a mountain to climb but it’s not impossible.”
With this loss, Solskjaer’s unbeaten run as United manager has come to an end, though he will definitely want his players to learn from this result and pull up their socks as they head into the business end of the season.