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Thiago Silva: Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘happy’ with PSG defeat

‘We did not play really well’: Thiago Silva admits Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have left ‘happy’ after watching PSG lose ahead of Champions League last-16 clash

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer travelled to France to watch PSG lose to Lyon on Sunday
  • Thiago Silva says the Manchester United boss will have left the match ‘happy’
  • PSG face United in the last 16 of the Champions League, with first leg this month
  • Kylian Mbappe claims he is ‘not worried’ about facing Paul Pogba and Co

Julien Pretot, Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain‘s first defeat of the season will have pleased Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to defender Thiago Silva.

United face PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Solskjaer having travelled to France to watch Lyon beat the Ligue 1 champions on Sunday night.

Thomas Tuchel’s men lacked steel in midfield in the absence of the injured Marco Verratti and missed the spark of Neymar, who will sit out both legs against United after suffering a serious foot problem. 

Thiago Silva looks dejected during Paris Saint-Germain's defeat by Lyon on Sunday night

Thiago Silva looks dejected during Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat by Lyon on Sunday night

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (centre right) and assistant Mike Phelan watch PSG

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (centre right) and assistant Mike Phelan watch PSG

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (centre right) and assistant Mike Phelan watch PSG

‘It’s going to be a great clash against Manchester,’ Silva, who fouled Moussa Dembele in the box to hand Lyon the winning penalty, told L’Equipe.

‘To beat them we will have to be at 110 per cent. Solskjaer possibly walked away from here happy because we did not play really well.’

Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe has insisted that he is not concerned about playing United, who have won nine and drawn once since Solskjaer took charge.

‘I don’t know if the defeat (against Lyon) was deserved. In the first half it was deserved, but after half-time, we still dominated,’ he said afterwards.

Nabil Fekir scores Lyon's winning goal against PSG from the penalty spot on Sunday night

Nabil Fekir scores Lyon's winning goal against PSG from the penalty spot on Sunday night

Nabil Fekir scores Lyon’s winning goal against PSG from the penalty spot on Sunday night

Silva and PSG suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season but are still 10 points clear

Silva and PSG suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season but are still 10 points clear

Silva and PSG suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season but are still 10 points clear

‘We started well. We have hurt Lyon, who let the storm pass before starting to hit top gear. Lyon had opportunities and scored. 

‘We also had situations. After half-time, we put them back in the game. They scored on the only occasion they had, a penalty.

‘We have not realised our many opportunities. I’m not worried about the Champions League match. We must take it match by match and wait for the Champions League.’

PSG are still 10 points clear of Lille at the top of the table and have two games in hand. 



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