United can inflict more Champions League pain on PSG

The departure of Mourinho from the United dugout in December saw him slip down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he was allowed to link up with Chinese outfit Shandong Luneng during the winter window.

"That's too simple", Solskjaer replied.

One of Ferguson's most famous managerial tools was his "hairdryer" - the intense verbal volleys which anyone under-performing risked hearing in the dressing room. I've said it in the past: we've not achieved anything yet, we're under no illusions but we're heading in the right direction.

"He doesn't need to change clubs for this".

The club also announced that Ashley Young has signed a new one-year contract, having entered the final months of his previous deal.

As usual, Solskjaer smiled and moved on, but the reality is that he keeps being asked about his future because he is building an irresistible case to be handed the task of managing United on a full-time basis. "There are smiles back on everyone's faces, not just on the pitch but at Carrington and Old Trafford, so he himself has brought that back".

Herrera's bouncing strike came close as United sought a way back, but on the hour they were in deep trouble when Di Maria provided the ideal cross for Mbappe to steer home.

Fellaini is now an interested observer of the goings-on at Old Trafford, with United enjoying a welcome upturn in form under Solskjaer. He can play 3-4-3 or he can go with a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it's now.

The Argentine, who turns 31 later this week, has a vital role to play for PSG in its crunch Champions League last 16, first leg against a resurgent United with Neymar and Cavani out injured.

Solskjaer has passed all of the tests he has faced as United manager with flying colours so far, but there are still no signs of him getting the job full-time, however were he to negotiate a path into the quarter finals of the Champions League, it would be nearly impossible to deny him the opportunity to become the permanent successor to Mourinho. "It's not his job to replace Neymar and Cavani and do the job of all three of them. We are PSG, we are used to playing offensively and creating chances", he said. I'm sure there will be times tomorrow where we'll be defending deeply.

At 5.4 dribbles every 90 minutes, the Brazilian is statistically the best dribbler in Europe this season and by quite a margin.

  • Stacy Allen