Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe believes his squad must not feel fear after they thrashed Manchester United by 2-0 last night at Old Trafford. And with that win, they have already secured a dominating position in the ‘Round of 16’ at the UEFA Champions League this year. Besides, Mbappe proved that he can be instrumental even in the absence of Neymar and Cavani.
Presnel Kimpembe first gave the Ligue 1 champions a lead over Manchester United which was then sealed by the second of Kylian Mbappe. Former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria created both the chances for the French side. It is the first heaviest home loss of the Red Devils under the guidance of their new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AT OLD TRAFFORD!!
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Paris Saint-Germain also secured their place in the Round of 16 last year but a 5-2 aggregate against Real Madrid eliminated them from the UEFA Champions League. But this time, they don’t want to repeat the previous incident as they are now ready to take Manchester United against in the second leg at their homeground.
While talking about their victory against Red Devils, PSG striker Kylian Mbappe told RMC Sport, “Tuchel told me that it was going to be different, that I was going to touch the ball a lot less.” He then said “It was difficult because I am learning this role [as a central striker] but I am not frustrated,” and added, “We must stop feeling fear. Football is played on the field. Neymar and Cavani are ultra-important but people have to support us.”
The French striker said “French football must go as far as possible in the Champions League. People must support us, we will support Lyon [against Barca] next week. We must stop being afraid.” He said “It’s not perfect but it’s good. Perfect, it will be after the qualification,” and added, “We are happy but we are only at half-time.”
Kylian Mbappe said “We will continue to prepare well because we had a small physical issue over the last 20 minutes,” and added “It was a really new system. We were not used to it. We needed a little time to adapt.” He then further stated “We came back with better intentions in the second half. We knew they wanted to score and we did it.”