Friday 22 March 2019

Arsene Wenger with a damning verdict on Manchester United and Alexis Sanchez

Arsene Wenger criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics against PSG
Arsene Wenger criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics against PSG
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United's limitations were exposed by Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League defat at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The French champions secured a 2-0 first leg lead with a convincing performance in Manchester, inspiring interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to declare his side had been "given a reality check" by an impressive PSG side.

Former Arsenal manager Wenger backed up Solskjaer's comments, as he admitted there was a guild in class between the two side.

"The difference, technically, in speed of understanding of the game between the two teams, was huge and it became bigger as the game went on," Wenger said on beIN Sport.

"Man United played at home and had one shot on goal in a Champions League game - that tells you the difference between the two teams.

"In the Champions League, you can't be dominated in midfield and the whole evening, Manchester United were dominated in midfield. PSG played with five midfielders and they never lost the ball.

"Manchester United could never win the ball back and when they had the ball they lost it very quickly because PSG dominated the midfield to win the ball back.

"They lost the battle in midfield. When you play at home and you cannot keep the ball, you're always in trouble."

Wenger also gave his verdict on his former forward Alexis Sanchez, who has lost his form in alarming fashion since making a lucrative move from Arsenal in January 2017, as he suggested French forward Anthony Martial has become more important to United's future.

"He has lost his place and plays in the same position as Martial," added Wenger. "Today who would dispute that Martial is indispensable for Man United? He plays and that's competition and that's fair competition in my opinion."

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