United had been on top in the feisty Group H clash and looked the more likely to take the lead early in the second half as Martial, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani combining to great effect at Old Trafford.
However, the Frenchman wasted a couple of glorious opportunities, the best of which was ballooned over the crossbar when he would have surely scored had he hit the target at the back post.
Anthony Martial should have put Man United 2-1 up against PSG, says former star Paul Scholes
The Frenchman missed a glorious chance to put United ahead, but ballooned his shot over
And United legend Scholes has said that the 24-year-old should have done better with the opportunities presented to him, before the Parisians eventually ran out 3-1 winners.
‘United have paid for their missed chances,’ Scholes told BT Sport after the final whistle.
‘Martial’s chances were the ones, anything on target is a goal. He is struggling for goals at the minute. Martial will know, he doesn’t need telling, he should score.’
However, despite the disappointing result, both Scholes and former United defender Rio Ferdinand agreed that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his side’s performance.
Scholes said Martial is ‘struggling’ and should’ve converted the opportunity presented to him
Scholes and Rio Ferdinand said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with the performance
United had the French champions on the back foot for much of the contest, but lost their grip on the game following the dismissal of Fred with around 20 minutes remaining.
‘I think he will be pleased with the whole performance. Yes the result wasn’t what he wanted but it was an excellent performance,’ Scholes said.
‘Ole will be pleased with the front three in terms of everything leading up to the chance on goal was beautiful,’ Ferdinand added.
Solskjaer echoed the sentiments of his former team-mates, telling BT Sport that his side needed to be more ‘clinical’ in front of goal.
Soslkjaer bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal on Wednesday evening
‘It was a very good game of football, which deserved fans first of all,’ he said. ‘When you see the team sheets you think there might be goals in this game.
‘There were chances for both teams. With a bit more clinical finishing we should have finished the game because they were there for the taking. We had some big chances, some big moment.
‘That is the difference, the clinical moments. You can say all the possession in the middle but all games are decided in front of goal.’