‘Solskjaer must be happy with what he saw’ – PSG captain laments poor Ligue 1 display ahead of Man United CL clash

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Paris Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva revealed his disappointment after the French champions suffered their first domestic defeat of the season.

Thomas Tuchel’s side had a 20-game unbeaten run to protect heading into their latest Ligue 1 outing on Sunday, but Lyon ruined their record by securing a 2-1 home win.

A Moussa Dembele strike and a Nabil Fekir penalty helped Lyon come back from a goal down in the first half after Angel Di Maria had opened the scoring for the visitors.

Man United’s caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in attendance for the match with assistant coach Mike Phelan and PSG captain Silva lamented his team’s poor display in front of the pair on the night.

Speaking to reporters post-match the Brazilian stated that Solskjaer ‘must have been happy with what he saw’, before discussing their upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against the Red Devils.

“Solskjaer must be happy with what he saw,” Silva said, as per the Daily Mirror.

Thiago Silva PSG

“We started the game well, but then we lost our concentration and did not have a good first half.

“For me, too, it was difficult. The second half was better but that was not enough. We missed a lot of things. We need to be more focused when we do not have the ball, for example.

“But do not be worried about us. Next Tuesday, in Manchester, it will be another competition, another environment, another atmosphere. In the meantime, we have to work between us to show something else.

“We will be facing a great team. Manchester United are on a run of nine wins in 10 games.”

The first leg between Man United and PSG is scheduled to take place at Old Trafford on February 12, while the return fixture will take place at the Parc Des Princes on March 3.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a recent resurgence under Solskjaer, ten games unbeaten across all competitions, but PSG will arguably represent their toughest test to date.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

That being said, the French champions haven’t done well in Europe in recent years despite their riches and they will be without talismanic playmaker Neymar for both legs, after he was sidelined with an injury.

United stand every chance of toppling the French giants next week in what should be a pulsating encounter full of free-flowing attacking football at both ends of the pitch.

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