Ferdinand rates Man Utd’s chances of CL progression

Rio Ferdinand thinks Paul Pogba’s sending off means that Manchester United don’t have a chance of progressing in the Champions League.

A goal each from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe gave Paris Saint-Germain a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the first leg of their last-16 match.

United must now score twice in Paris if they are to give themselves any hope of reaching the quarter-finals and their task was made even harder when Pogba saw red late on and will miss the second leg.

And Ferdinand thinks that United will struggle in the second leg without Pogba in the middle of the park.

“They’ve got to think about going forward and think about finishing in the top four,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “This game, this tie is over after the red card.”

Pogba has been rejuvenated since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho on a temporary basis in December.

The midfielder has scored eight goals and provided five assists in the 11 matches he has played under the Norwegian.

“That’s a sign of how far he’s come in the last couple of months,” Ferdinand added.

“Now he’s being man-marked on the biggest stage by Marquinhos.

“Then he’s really got to show his quality, how do you deal with being man-marked.

“Today he didn’t work it out and got frustrated and sent off. But more of that is going to come from Pogba because of what he’s doing on a weekly basis in the Premier League.”

 

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