Mbappe unfazed by United’s challenge despite latest scalp

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is not bothered by Sunday’s loss at Lyon, which saw the club’s unbeaten start to the league campaign come to an end.

Kylian Mbappe believes PSG fancy their chances against a resurgent Manchester United in the Champions League after their first defeat in the League.

Lyon ended the 20-game unbeaten run of the current Ligue 1 holders despite Di Maria giving them the lead.

But the reigning French Champions were dismantled when Moussa Dembele equalised for the hosts before Liverpool’s target Nabil Fekir ensured a 2-1 win.

Mbappe, however, in a quote cited on FourFourTwo, played down concerns ahead of PSG’s trip to Old Trafford on February 12 despite the absence of Neymar.

“I don’t know if the defeat was deserved. In the first half it was deserved, but after half-time, we still dominated,” Mbappe said after United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant Mike Phelan watched in the stands.

“We started well. We have hurt Lyon, who let the storm pass before starting to hit top gear. Lyon had opportunities and scored. We also had situations. After half-time, we put them back in the game. They scored on the only occasion they had, a penalty.”

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Mbappe continued: “We have not realised our many opportunities. I’m not worried about the Champions League match. We must take it match by match and wait for the Champions League.

“It feels good to play matches like that. Facing teams that play is the best way to prepare for the upcoming deadlines. It’s up to us to win.

“The goal was to remain undefeated and we will try not to lose again by the end of the season. It’s complicated, yes, to play without Neymar. You must accept it. Last season, he was also injured and it would be nice not to make the same mistakes, otherwise, it would mean that we did not learn anything.”


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