Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rushes off to France 20 minutes after Manchester United beat Leicester to scout Paris Saint-Germain ahead of crunch last-16 Champions League clash
- Manchester United face PSG at Old Trafford in the Champions League next week
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to watch Thomas Tuchel’s side against Lyon
- He went quickly through his post-match routine before boarding a plane
- Marcus Rashford scored the only goal on his 100th Premier League appearance
Manchester United face PSG at Old Trafford in the Champions League a week on Tuesday and Solskjaer wanted to watch Thomas Tuchel’s side firsthand against Lyon.
Kick-off in the Ligue 1 match was 8pm UK time so Solskjaer went quickly through his post-match routine before boarding a plane to make the trip across the Channel.
Solskjaer was in attendance at the match between Lyon and PSG with assistant Mike Phelan
The upcoming last-16 tie against PSG promises to be an enthralling contest and United will enter in fine form, this result making it nine wins from 10 since Solskjaer took charge.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal on his 100th Premier League appearance, dovetailing again with Paul Pogba, who supplied a brilliant pass over Leicester’s defence.
It is the third time the pair have combined to score under Solskjaer, and only David Brooks and Josh King have linked up on more goals in the same period. ‘Good players make each other better, don’t they, and I can only explain goals like this with quality,’ said Solskjaer. ‘It was a fantastic pass by Paul.’
Solskjaer praised Rashford for responding well after missing an earlier chance from four yards. In the ninth minute he swept his finish into the far corner past Kasper Schmeichel.
Solskjaer was scouting PSG ahead of United’s Champions League clash on February 12
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rushed from the King Power Stadium within 20 minutes of the victory
‘Against a Schmeichel you would think you might want to try through his legs but it was a great finish and the kid is improving and improving,’ added Solskjaer, who famously played with the Leicester goalkeeper’s dad, Peter. ‘Marcus has played a lot of games and he got a dead leg earlier on but he struggled through it so well done.’
There was some criticism as United made mistakes later in the game and Leicester nearly equalised. ‘Second half I thought we were more concerned about the result than the performance and it showed,’ Solskjaer said. ‘We never strung passes together, we didn’t control the game as much as I’d like, but we’re away with three points which is a great reaction after last week’s disappointment against Burnley.
‘When you’re 1-0 up anything can happen in that box and I think that Harry Maguire has a magnet on his head, because it always dropped to him.
Solskjaer wanted to watch Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain side firsthand against Lyon
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal on Sunday on his 100th Premier League appearance
‘We know we’ve got plenty of things to work on and I think we’ll see that progression in the next few weeks because it’s going to be a tough and enjoyable February.’
Solskjaer also defended Alexis Sanchez, who had a quiet game and wasted some good attacking openings. ‘I don’t think there’s any problem with his confidence, I thought he did well,’ he said.
Claude Puel was frustrated at the result and the fact Leicester have conceded a goal inside the first 11 minutes in each of their last five games. ‘We had a lot of chances without finding the clinical edge,’ he said. ‘The feeling at the end is, how we can lose this game? It is a big disappointment.’
Solskjaer also defended Alexis Sanchez, who wasted some good attacking openings