Arsene Wenger explains how PSG frustrated Paul Pogba with simple man-to-man marking


Manchester United's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night lived up to its high expectations. 

The match was full of drama from the first whistle and there were a number of flashpoints throughout the 90 minutes. 

Most surrounded the returning Angel di Maria, who spent one troubled season at Old Trafford before controversially transferring to PSG. 

The Argentine was targeted by supporters all night long and even his former teammate Ashley Young got in on the action, shoulder barging him into the stands. 

Di Maria had the last laugh though as he assisted both his side's goals - and PSG take a healthy lead back to Paris for the second leg of the tie. 

If going to the Parc des Princes two goals down wasn't tough enough already, a late red card means United will have to attempt a comeback without Paul Pogba. 


The French midfielder was sent off in the 89th minute after picking up two bookings and his dismissal summed up a poor evening. 

Before kickoff, he was picked out as the player who could pose the most problems but when it came to crunch time, he failed to get going. 

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United often found themselves overrun in midfield, with Marquinhos and Marco Verratti controlling the game for the most part. 

And according to Arsene Wenger, PSG's gameplan worked perfectly, as they frustrated Pogba all evening. 


The ex-Arsenal manager was working as a pundit for beIN Sports on Tuesday night and he pinpointed exactly how PSG were able to quell Man United's biggest threat. 


"What Paris Saint-Germain did, is they blocked Pogba with Marquinhos in man-to-man marking," Wenger explained, per the Mirror.

"And when Paris Saint-Germain had the ball, Draxler came in behind Pogba and that’s where the chances were created behind the midfield of Manchester United."

Check out Wenger's breakdown of the midfielder's struggles below. 

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over at Old Trafford, Pogba has been the star man.

But on Tuesday, PSG showed that he can be frustrated and even stopped with simple man-to-man marking.

If Premier League managers are smart, they should take a leaf out of Thomas Tuchel's book next time Pogba turns out for Man United.

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