Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has offered his verdict on the Reds’ 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Neymar opened the scoring after six minutes only for Marcus Rashford to equalise before the break. Marquinhos put the visitors back in front before Fred was sent off for a second yellow card, with Neymar securing the win for PSG in injury time.
The result leaves United‘s Champions League campaign in the balance as they now sit top of Group H ahead of PSG and RB Leipzig on only goals difference, with Solskjaer’s side needing a draw at Leipzig next week to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
Owen has provided his view on the defeat at Old Trafford, with the former England star discussing Fred’s sending off and Solskjaer’s decision not to substitute the midfielder after he picked up a debatable yellow card for pushing his head into Leandro Paredes.
Owen told BT Sport: “Mistakes all around really. It [the clash with Paredes] was a red card. You’re a grown man, you don’t need to do a petulant thing like that to put your team at risk.
“If I was a manager, and one of my players did that, he would never play for me again. It’s pathetic. Overall you have to blame Fred but also Solskjaer. The manager has to protect him and the team in that situation so they’re both to blame.”
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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 down at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.
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On United’s chances of picking up a draw against RB Leipzig next week, Owen added: “PSG are going to go through so basically it’s a shootout between Manchester United and RB Leipzig. Both teams can score but both teams look vulnerable. United should not go there with any fear.
“I think they will score goals in Germany so I still fancy Manchester United to get a draw or a win but they’ve made it dangerous for themselves.”