Wow! Three days on and I still can’t come to terms with what happened in the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night. Manchester United defeated Paris Saint Germain 3-1, sending them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Here are three things we learned.
Ole’s first tactical wobble… but he adjusted
Mine and Ali’s suggested starting XI’s may as well have been predicted XI’s this week, especially given the number of injuries United had. We thought there was a possibility Eric Bailly could start in a back three, but no one expected Solskjaer to deploy him at right-back.
The decision to bring him off though was no surprise at all as the Ivory Coast international was being given the run around by Angel Di Maria. It was a poor call from Solskjaer.
All managers make mistakes, but this appeared to be more of a last minute call. Why not chose Dalot and move Young to right-back? Solskjaer was trying to coach Bailly through the opening half an hour from the touchline, suggesting that they hadn’t had a lot of time on the training ground to work on it.
Although it is not his natural position, Bailly still should have dealt with PSG’s goal a lot better. Allowing Juan Bernat a free run at the ball is criminal.
One positive from the situation was that it showed Solskjaer was not afraid to make the call to bring him off so early in the match. Most managers would have left it until half time but the Norwegian proved he was brave enough to admit it wasn’t working.