RIO FERDINAND thinks that Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was a “reality check” for the team after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s flying start.
The Red Devils struggled to produce the form that had seen them unbeaten under the Norweigian’s care and now face a fight to keep their Champions League dream alive.
On a miserable night at Old Trafford, Paul Pogba was also sent off and both Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial succumbed to injuries before half-time.
Speaking to BT Sport after the defeat, United legend Ferdinand admitted the tie could now be beyond them but the result could be good for them in the long run.
He said: “I think this is a reality check for this Man United team.
“But I don’t think that’s a bad thing, it’s something they’ll have to learn from and now we’ll see their reaction to it.
“I think that’s important. In his tenure, I’m sure this is a part he’d been preparing for, a moment when they lost.
“Then it’s how they prepare or react to this defeat.
“Tonight, they didn’t get going as an attacking force at all.
“We’ve seen some great attacking play in this team over the last few weeks but today we didn’t see any examples of that.
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“They started with an intensity, defended from the front.
“The injuries, I think, from the first half fizzled out into the second half. They didn’t get around players. You needed players to get out there, running around.
“Second half, that was non-existent. And again, as an attacking force, they did very little and this Paris Saint-Germain team without two of their best attacking players coasted through this game in the second half and really put this game to bed and, I think, the tie too.”