Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Manchester United players that anyone feeling sorry for themselves after a “reality check” against Paris St-Germain will not play at Chelsea in the FA Cup next week as he backed his team to bounce back from their first defeat under him.
The United caretaker manager claimed PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe was “very lucky” not to be sent off for a second bookable offence after a foul on Luke Shaw before giving the French champions the lead.
But Solskjaer admitted that PSG were on “another level” but that he expects his players to respond positively and insisted it was “not impossible” to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second leg in France on March 6, despite the “big blow” of Paul Pogba being suspended after his red card.
“Maybe you can say that (it’s a reality check) because that’s the level we want to get to,” he said. “Today we weren’t at the level, this is a level up from what we’ve played against. We’ve had a great run, we came into this game in a great frame of mind but it was a big step up, they have quality from the goalkeeper through to the striker and there is a reason why they’re one of the favourites and that’s the level we need to aim for at this club.