Paris Saint-Germain took a huge step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 last 16, first-leg win at Manchester United.
After providing the inspiration for United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Pogba was missing in action as a limp display from the France star was capped by his late red card.
Pogba had led the United revival with eight goals and five assists since Solskjaer was hired as interim manager.
Having feuded with Jose Mourinho for months prior to his sacking, Pogba has been playing with a smile on his face and United have been beneficiaries.
The stage was set for Pogba to reaffirm his place among the world’s top players, but instead the midfielder produced an oddly diffident performance that recalled the dark days of the Mourinho era.