Alexis Sanchez feels PSG’s opening goal at Old Trafford last week knocked the confidence out of his Manchester United team-mates.
United lost their Champions League last 16 first leg last Tuesday when PSG turned the screw in the second half to establish a two-goal advantage.
It marked the first defeat of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, with United looking to bounce back quickly when they travel to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday night.
If they are to keep their FA Cup hopes alive, United will have to lift themselves from a defeat during which Sanchez feels his team-mates visibly lost confidence.
“When the first goal went in, I turned around and I noticed my team-mates, and their eyes, and straight away, there was something that didn’t seem right to me, something that wasn’t the same as in the first half,” he recalled to MUTV.
“It was like the goal brought everyone down. The first goal is very hard on the team and the attitude. When you’re playing in the Champions League, and, in my life, I’ve played a lot in the Champions League, with Barcelona, with Arsenal, these games are all about 90 minutes.
”And so, up here [in your head], you need to be fresh, 90 minutes, fresh, here. One second not fresh and you’re punished. With the first goal, I looked at my team mates, and I said something’s not quite right.
“It’s just, at the moment, I wanted us to do like they do in basketball, where you stop everything and get everyone together and says, ‘We can win this. We’re going to win this game!
“We played Burnley and were 2-0 down and nearly won it. We’ve played other teams and been 2-0 down and then come back to win 3-2. We’re Manchester United!
”We’re playing at home! Let’s keep calm! Come on, we’re going to win this!’ But at 1-0, we were a bit flat and, after that, our play was different to the first half. And my touch on the ball wasn’t that great either.“