MANCHESTER UNITED look poised to crash out of the Champions League last-16 stage again for a second consecutive season. Paris Saint-Germain eased t
MANCHESTER UNITED look poised to crash out of the Champions League last-16 stage again for a second consecutive season.
Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 2-0 win at Old Trafford last night in the first leg to inflict a first defeat in charge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe proved to be the difference on a night that saw Paul Pogba sent off, with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard both picking up injuries.
Football fans have joked that the Red Devils would have fared better under Jose Mourinho and stats obtained from Opta back up their claims.
United mustered up just one shot on target against Les Parisiens out of ten attempts on goal.
That is lower than the total under Jose Mourinho in this season’s group stage, as they averaged just under 14 shots per match, with almost four on target.
While United under Mourinho also boasted more passes on average per match, as well as greater possession in their matches against the likes of Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys.
Solskjaer‘s men made 448 passes against PSG compared to the 513 under the ex-Chelsea gaffer, while also having just 44 per cent of the ball, a huge drop in the 52 per cent with the Portuguese legend.
However United performed far better against their French opponents than they did against Sevilla at this stage last season.
The La Liga outfit silenced the Theatre of Dreams when they won 2-1 to knock them out of Europe, as they had a whopping 25 shots on goal.
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United boasted better stats for possession, shots on goal and passes against PSG than Mourinho managed against Sevilla.
The Spanish club had eight shots on target compared to PSG’s three, but in both matches United had just one effort on target.
Taking to Twitter, one fan said: “Mourinho would have done better to be honest.”
Another said: “Mourinho was better. Ole out.”
One tweeted: “I love Ole but I can’t help but feel that Mourinho would’ve set us up much better for a game of that calibre. Completely outclassed by a weakened side at home!”
Another commented: “May as well have had Mourinho in charge tonight, in fact we probably would have been better off if he was.”