Manchester United are one third of the way through a season-defining trilogy for caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial both sustained injuries in the defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, and the pair will both miss the FA Cup tie against Chelsea on Monday followed by the Premier League encounter with Liverpool next Super Sunday, live on *Sky Sports*.
The Sunday Supplement panel reflected on United’s 2-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with the Ligue 1 champions at Old Trafford, and discussed the current state of play regarding Solskjaer’s position in charge.
John Cross – chief football writer – Daily Mirror ____________________________________________________________ We’ve learned that Manchester United as a squad need major surgery. We shouldn’t overlook the fact that Lingard and Martial went off injured and it completely disrupted them but it showed that the defence needs strengthening.
Solskjaer has reinvigorated [Nemanja] Matic but he needs someone alongside him and it exposed the fact that squad-wise, they’re looking short. PSG were smarter and shrewder – they were missing [Edinson] Cavani and Neymar and yet they still have probably the best squad in the Champions League.
I think United are wise to leave it until the end of the season to make that decision. I don’t think they’ve made it yet, and they will leave it until the final furlong.
I think tactically and from an experience point of view, Solskjaer has the chance to prove whether he is the man to take United on, as for me they can be the biggest club in the world, but they have to make the right appointment.
It has to be spot on for United to get back to where they need to be, because they’re such a global power. Miguel Delaney – chief football writer – Independent
Solskjaer’s reaction to the two injuries was at the very least questionable. In the first half, their pace brought caution to PSG because they were so conscious of being caught on the break, but [Alexis] Sanchez now looks physically shot and [Juan] Mata made the game stodgier.
That released PSG, and I wondered at the time why he didn’t bring on [Romelu] Lukaku. What’s key now is how they react to that first defeat.