There is no hiding place in the Champions League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer probably wanted one as he and his Manchester United team were outclassed and outsmarted by Thomas Tuchel and Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of this round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford.
PSG have struggled on the road in the Champions League against elite opposition but showed little sign of nerves as they stroked the ball around confidently.
PSG were missing injured forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani, but their absence was barely noticed as Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria - the latter jeered throughout at his former home ground - orchestrated the French champions' victory, which sees them put one foot in the quarterfinals.
To make matters worse for Solskjaer, the interim United manager, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard hobbled off with injuries.
United, who won ten and drew the other of Solksjaer's first 11 matches, went behind in the 53rd minute when they switched off as Di Maria whipped in a corner for Presnel Kimpembe to steal in at the far post and smack home an unstoppable volley.
"It has never been a problem for me to deal with a contract when I was 30 years old, let alone 41". He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming. "The players are disappointed but I also think they know we need to step up our level to get to the level we want to get to".
"At this club you bounce back, you have to bounce back", he said.
It was a chastening experience for Solskjaer and his charges, who suffered their first defeat in 12 games ever since Jose Mourinho was sacked in December following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. "That's the level we need to aim for at this club".
"Today we weren't at the level, this is a level up from what we have played against". After having a bottle thrown at him by United fans, Di Maria helped to complete a counterattack by crossing for the advancing Mbappe to score. We have to learn from this.
"The second goal was quality by them".
The 20-year-old World Cup victor slotted a huge chance wide on the half hour mark, although Mbappe would likely have been ruled offside by VAR, on its introduction to the Champions League, even if he had found the net.