The PSG star was the first player of five to receive a booking in the first half after a number of late challenges.
Such stretched resources is not what the club's Qatari owners had in mind when a near 400 million euros was splurged on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in 2017 with the intention to carry PSG to a long-awaited first ever Champions League triumph. The man who delivered the trophy with his last-gasp goal in the final 20 years ago has aspirations to be the permanent boss at United and knocking out PSG would be a significant boost for his CV. It's not his job to replace Cavani and Neymar and he can't play all three roles at once.
"He has to be free to play his game, play with confidence". I want us to provide him the right kind of support. He will need to muster another impressive display to help his side get over the line against the French giants.
Prior to the opening kick, the teams observed a minute's applause to honor the memory of Emiliano Sala, with UEFA paying its respects to the player who perished in a plane crash en route from Nantes to Cardiff, where he was set to join the Premier League club.
The second leg is slated for March 6 in Paris, where the quarterfinal berth will be sealed for one of the two sides.
The Argentinian arrived at United from Real Madrid for a whopping £59.7million - at the time a record signing for a British club.
"They are the favourites but we will be very motivated".
Languishing miles adrift of the top four, Old Trafford fans were growing increasingly frustrated by the "boring" style of play.
"We have a second leg in Paris where we feel very strong and comfortable in the Parc des Princes".
The world was a different place back on December 17.
"This manager is asking me to attack more", he said during the pre-match press conference.
"We've given ourselves the best possible opportunity because of the way we've come into this game", Solskjaer said.
"We've proven that in the last 10 or 12 games".
There have been glimpses, such as decisions to drop Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and to sell Marouane Fellaini, but as the weeks progress and the games get bigger, Solskjaer will have to make even bigger calls.