Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov slammed “ridiculous” suggestions that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sussed out after suffering his first defeat.
The Red Devils interim coach suffered his first loss in charge at Old Trafford after 12 games at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe’s second-half goals were enough for PSG to take a 2-0 win in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against United.
But, for Berbatov, this does not mean that Solskjaer has been “found out” and the 38-year-old gave his thoughts on Tuesday’s result.
“Paris Saint-Germain are a great team and deserved to win on the night but I didn’t think United were that bad and some of the comments about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘being found out’ were ridiculous,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“He has got them into the top four – something no one thought was possible this season – but they lose one game to a team full of superstars and people start talking shit again.
“It’s the way of the world these days but everyone who understands football knows what a good job Ole has done.
“The big difference on Tuesday was the first goal – even the best and most creative teams have to rely on set-pieces sometimes – which gave PSG the confidence to play, and control the game.
“The injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial obviously played a major role as United lost their pace and directness up front.
“It’s often hard for subs to integrate themselves into these type of games quickly, and PSG made it as hard as possible for Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata to settle.”
Solskjaer will now be preparing his men for Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup before hosting Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League next weekend.
— Daniaal Hussain (@Daniaal_7) February 8, 2019