Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opened up on what he told Man Utd players following the Champions League loss to PSG.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the Manchester United players not to ‘feel sorry for themselves’ in the dressing room following their Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain.
Solskjaer suffered defeat for the first time as United caretaker manager in his 12th match in charge, as Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe struck within 15 minutes of the second-half to give PSG a 2-0 aggregate lead ahead of the round-of-16 second leg in three weeks.
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial succumbed to muscle injuries before the second-half and were replaced by 30-somethings Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez, who both failed to perform.
Solskjaer is unsure whether Lingard and Martial will be available for the FA Cup fifth round tie at Chelsea on Monday but warned United players if they do not move on from the PSG loss they will not play against Chelsea next week. Sir Alex Ferguson famously urged United players to ‘stop feeling sorry for yourselves’ at the interval of their memorable 5-3 revival at Tottenham in 2001 and Solskjaer opted for a similar tone.
“‘Don’t feel sorry for yourselves’,” Solskjaer said when asked what he told the players in the wake of the PSG game. “‘This is something you’ve got to learn from, this was a level up from what we’re used to, they’re experienced, they bought some fouls, that’s just part of our learning’.
Many of our players are very young, it was the first time Jesse and Marcus played a proper Champions League game at Old Trafford, so learn from that, look forward.
We’ve got Chelsea and Liverpool in next two games. So whoever feels sorry for themselves, they will not play against Chelsea probably!”
Solskjaer disputed the suggestion the PSG match could kill United’s momentum, having guided the team to 10 wins and a draw from his first 11 games prior to PSG’s deserved victory.
No, not at all,” Solskjaer added. “Because at this club, we bounce back, we have to bounce back and are in a tournament, Champions League, it’s always going to be difficult whoever you play against.
“But our bread and butter is the league, then FA Cup against Chelsea, so not afraid of that. The reaction in the dressing room, disappointed but there is some determination and desire to put this right.
“And when we go down to Paris we’ll give it a go. Of course it’s a difficult, difficult mountain to climb but not impossible. If we get to half-time with a 1-0 lead, that’s what we’ve got to look for.”