Paris Saint-Germain star, Kylian Mbappe, has asked his team-mates to stop “being scared” in the Champions League after they beat Manchester United without Neymar and Edinson Cavani in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
Presnel Kimpembe and Mbappe scored two priceless second-half goals to hand PSG a solid 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
Mbappe was required to fill in for Neymar and Cavani against an in-form United side. The 2018 World Cup winner, once again, stepped up and delivered a flawless performance, helping his team secure a healthy cushion ahead of next month’s second leg.
“It is good, we are happy,” he said, as quoted by ESPN, after the match before adding that “it is only half-time, though.
“We must stop feeling fearful — people must stop being scared. Football is played on a pitch. Of course, Neymar and Edinson are important, but so too is what happens on the ground and we showed that here.”
“I am a little disappointed as I had the chance to score a third. I think that it is over at 3-0.”
Kimpembe, who scored his first senior goal at Old Trafford, said it was a dream come true.
“To open the scoring in this sort of Champions League match against United is a reward and something that I will always remember,” said the France international.
“I am very happy and proud to have scored my first goal, but I am even happier with the win.”