Paris Saint-Germain 1 Manchester United 3
Lukaku 2 Bernat 12 Lukaku 30 Rashford pen 90+4
Drama! Heroics! Fine margins!
Late goal by the Red Devils? Of course!
As Marcus Rashford (21) waited to take that penalty against Gigi Buffon (41), I was sure he would score.
I knew he was going to blast it on target.
Last night United had ten first team players out, so navigating the different phases of the game became very difficult at times but they kept their nerve.
In stoppage time a shot by sub Dalot hit the elbow of jumping defender Kimpembe, who moved his arm towards the ball because he knew it was not going to hit his back.
I’ve seen many of those not given. But VAR replayed a clear arm-to-ball incident and the Slovenian ref gave the penalty in 90+4 minutes.
As Solskjaer admitted, “The plan was to get the first goal, be in the game with ten minutes to go, or five minutes to go. We had a fresh team, loads of energy, We knew we had to defend and work hard and we had a team to do that.”
As the battle went on, that was what it looked like.
United scrambled to stay in it at times, tried to play a solidly functional game as much as possible, and even sat back in a 5-4-1 formation in the second half.
They knew they had enough gas in the tank to dominate the last ten or five minutes.
Having now won 17 games and lost one, Solskjaer modestly says, “I’m gonna enjoy this job as long as I’ve got it.”
Manchester United have always had a lot of ambition.
But very often their teams have not been good enough to do big things. But the ambition was always there. That is part of the club’s DNA.
Making history is what Man United are all about and they can even make it with interim managers.
Last night was the first time a team has overcome a two-goal deficit in the Champions League. 106 teams have tried and failed before last night.
Asked about Rashford’s penalty, Solskjaer said, “Absolutely fantastic. The kid has no doubt, no fear.”
Really nice to see Sir Alex in Paris. But not surprising.
As Graeme Souness once said, “These are the matches you live for.”
Manchester United v Arsenal is on Sky on Sunday and Paul Pogba will be back for that game.
Lacazette, who misses Rennes tonight, should be fresh and fired up.
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TEAMS IN PARIS :
PSG: Buffon, Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Verratti, Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Draxler, Di Maria, Mbappe.
Subs: Areola, Paredes, Cavani, Meunier, Choupo-Moting, Kurzawa, Dagba.
MAN UNITED: de Gea, Bailly, Smalling, Lindelof, Young, Andreas Pereira, Fred, McTominay, Shaw, Lukaku, Rashford.
Subs: Romero, Rojo, Dalot, Garner, Chong, Gomes, Greenwood.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia).