Maguire and Solskjaer react after Man Utd's loss to PSG in the Champions League.

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

Maguire after Man Utd loss to PSG: We had better chances.

Man Utd defender Harry Maguire [Getty]
Man Utd defender Harry Maguire [Getty]

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire bemoaned his side’s missed chances in their Champions League clash against PSG on Wednesday evening.


The Red Devils were thrashed 3-1 at Old Trafford as Neymar's double and a close-range strike from Marquinhos helped the Ligue 1 champions level up on points [9] in Group H.


Marcus Rashford’s deflected strike in the 32nd minute initially cancelled out Neymar’s opener but the hosts didn’t capitalise on their opportunities to put the game to bed before Thomas Tuchel’s boys scored two more to grab the win.


It was a disappointing night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds, who still top the group, but they must now avoid a defeat in their final group match to RB Leipzig in Germany next week.


Speaking to BT Sport following the loss, England centre-half Maguire said: "Disappointing night. We wanted to win the game, win the group. Football is a game of fine margins.


"We had better chances. Their two goals are scrappy goals - richochet and pinball around the box. I feel we deserved something.


"You've got to take your chances and not give away soft goals.


"We're still in control of going through to the knockout stages."


On Fred's red card: "It's strange how he gave a yellow card [in the first half]. It's either a red card or nothing. It's not a yellow card [in the second half]. He wins the ball. I was two yards away, the linesman was five yards. Everytime you go to the floor - especially in Europe - you get a booking."




Solskjaer: We should be more clinical


United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer acknowledged that it was a very good game to watch, adding that his side need to be more clinical in front of the goalpost.


He told BT Sport: "It was a very good game which deserved fans. With a bit more clinical finishing we should have finished the game. They were there for the taking [at one stage].


"We had some big chances. The difference when you get to the big games is the clinical moments. 


"If Marquinhos had bigger studs on he'd have been offside. It's marginal. You can't really put your finger on the deciding factors."


Solskjaer also gave his verdict on Fred's red card, saying: "Fred shouldn't put his head towards him [in the first half]. I don't think he touched him. He was a bit lucky to stay on."


When asked if he considered taking the Brazilian midfielder off at half-time, the Norwegian replied: "Yeah... Fred has played really well. We spoke about staying calm and on your feet. The second yellow card was nowhere near a foul. Ander [Herrera] knows that."


Solskjaer also gave an update on Marcus Rashford's injury: "It's a niggling shoulder injury. Let's see how quickly he can recover. Hopefully, he will be ready for the West Ham game."


Quizzed about next week’s decider against Bundesliga club Leipzig, the 47-year-old asserted: "We go into a game wanting to win. The games against PSG and Leipzig show how much we've developed in these types of games. It was just about finishing today."



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