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Arsene Wenger weighs in on Sanchez v Martial debate at United

13 February, 2019, 19:10 | Author: Tommie Newton
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And the caretaker United manager says he may need to find another way of playing if Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard face a spell on the sidelines through injury after admitting he does not have the options in reserve to play the pressing game he wants.

Nevertheless, Solskajer, who presided over 10 wins and a draw in his first 11 fixtures, insisted United must learn from such setbacks if they are aspiring once again to be among the cream of the European elite. However, the tempo of their play dropped significantly following the restart and they were deservedly punished.

The Chilean was brought on just before half-time of United's 2-0 defeat against PSG on Tuesday night in the Champions League last 16 first leg, but was largely ineffective for the hosts.

Solskjær asked his troupes to quickly pick themselves up and focus on the next two matches that will be pivotal in United's season.

"Manchester United should be at the top and this is a top team we've played against".

As I said on BBC Radio 5 live before the PSG game, whatever happens in this tie does not change any of that.

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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. They started to control the game. "He needs to find himself when he plays because we know there is a quality player there", he said. "This is a level up from what we're used to".

While PSG had the better players, you also have to give credit to their coach Thomas Tuchel because he got his tactics absolutely spot on too.

He wrote on Instagram, in French: "I will write in French for some pseudo supporters of PSG that exist only in social networks and they don't understand English because the true PSG fans are what I heard last night from the beginning until the end of the match".

Not only was it a first loss for Solskjaer since replacing Jose Mourinho, but the heaviest-ever home defeat for United in Europe, having previously only been beaten by one-goal margins.

And according to Arsene Wenger, PSG's gameplan worked perfectly, as they frustrated Pogba all evening.

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