Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Presnel Kimpembe should have been sent off during Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League win over Manchester United.
Kimpembe was booked in the first-half for a cynical foul on Marcus Rashford and, with the game goalless early in the second-half, appeared to pull the United forward back inside his own half but referee Daniele Orsato did not give a foul.
French defender Kimpembe went on to score PSG’s first as they secured a 2-0 win ahead of the second leg at the Parc des Princes in three weeks’ time. Solskjaer accepted United were not at the Ligue 1 champions’ level but was bemused that Rashford did not even earn a free-kick off Kimpembe in the second-half.
“Yeah, very,” Solskjaer said when asked if Kimpembe was fortunate to stay on the pitch. “And the way he throws Rashford down to the floor and we don’t even get a foul. But, of course, you react to those little things, there’s no point me sitting here talking about that now, that’s gone.
“Disappointed we won’t have Paul next round, he was our best player, he had three players around him all the time, and he was still out on top.
“So that’s a big blow because he’s been fantastic for us.
“Today we weren’t at their level,” Solskjaer added. “This is a level up from what we’ve played against, the games we’ve had. We had a great run.
We came into the game in a great frame of mind and great form but of course it was a big step up. They have quality from the ‘keeper to the striker. There is a reason why they are favourites for the Champions League.
“That’s the level we need to aim for.”