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Manchester United Face Anxious Wait Over Anthony Martial And Jesse Lingard Injuries

Jesse Lingard went down in pain
Jesse Lingard went down in pain

Manchester United had a rough night last night. They were simply outclassed by PSG last night, who came to Old Trafford and put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals, with a convincing 2-0 win.

Paul Pogba’s red card late on rules him out of the second leg in Paris making their task even more difficult and they also face a wait to find out the extent of the injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Both players were taken off during the game and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who suffered his first defeat as United boss, is hoping they will return soon. He told BT Sport:

"Jesse and Anthony give us something, let's hope they're not too serious. They're muscle injuries, so we'll just have to wait a couple of days.

"They had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game. You could see that we hadn't played at this level for a while and we will have to learn. It was an experience that can go either way, it's not going to be a season-defining one, it's one we have to learn from."

Many fans saw the substitutions as the turning point, as United lost their creativity and pace on the wings when Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez came on. Mata is not a winger and Sanchez is a now a shadow of his former self, but fellow United man Ander Herrera was keen to defend the guys who came on.

"I think we lost some pace but we won some combinations with Alexis and Juan. So I don’t know if that was the right analysis because I think we were pressing okay.

"They were not feeling good on the ball but the goal made the difference because after that they played counter-attack and trying to find the gaps in behind our defenders.

"And after the goal we had some shots and crosses but we didn’t shoot good enough and we didn’t have too many people in the box.”

Solskjaer gave his own views on Sanchez's performance and seemed to be running out of patience with the winger. “I can't do anything about Alexis Sanchez. When he plays he needs to find himself."

United may not be officially out just yet, but they certainly face an uphill battle to stay in the Champions League this season.

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