PSG vs Manchester United, the red brigade continued their away winning streak to produce one of the most popular nights of Champions League. Considered down and out, Solskjaer and his men somehow came through the odds to win in France and qualify for the quarter finals of the competition.
First Leg at Old Trafford
The reverse fixture which was played in Feb saw PSG totally outplaying Manchester United. They scored two crucial away goals and handed Solskjaer his first loss as well. To add on to the misery the main man Pogba also received a red resulting him in missing the crucial away game.
With as many as 10 first team players out United had limited players to choose from. Solskjaer opted to go with 3-5-2 system with Bailly, Lindelof and Smalling at back, Young, McTominay, Pereira, Fred and Shaw in the middle and Lukaku with Rashford up top.
The injuries also meant that United had to bring in 4 youngsters on the bench. Garner, Chong, Gomes, and Greenwood got their chance with Dalot, Rojo and Romero being the others who made the bench.
Manchester United had an outstanding start to the game when Lukaku capitalized on a back pass which went wrong in the second minute itself. However, PSG took immediate control of the game and for the next 10 minutes nearly had the entire possession.
They attacked specifically from the right where Bailly and Young where looking lost. It did not
PSG looked threating every minute basically due to their sound organised formation. But again from a mistake it was Lukaku who pouched and scored the second for United. Rashford connected a dipping ball which Buffon failed to control and Lukaku was there.
Bailly also got injured in the process who was replaced by Dalot and Manchester United moved to a back four which looked more composed and brought a bit of stability back. Going into the half time with a scoreline of 2-2 on aggreate the next goal was crucial in deciding the tie.
Both teams came out unchanged for the second half and priority was clear which was to score goals. With every passing minute, the game was shifting towards Manchester United because if they were the ones to score first then PSG will have to score twice.
PSG was the first team to get an opportunity in the second half when a beautiful no-look pass from Mbappe found Di Maria who scored but was declared offside. Draxler got injured for the hosts and PSG then made two changes. United also got in Chong and handed over a debut to Greenwood as well in order to find the decisive goal.
Fast forward to Fergie time when a shot from Dalot which was initially declared a corner was converted to a penalty following VAR involvement. Rashford stepped up to take and scored one calmly to give United the lead on away goals, eventually turning out to be the winner.
Considering the team and option United had and the performance they put in today rating any player is not justified. Everyone game their best. Lukaku had probably the game of his life. He was dribbling, scoring, controlling and doing everything correct. Shaw, Lindelof, and Smalling were as good as it can get.
Special mention to our midfield of Fred, Scott, and Pereira who just gave everything and were absolutely brilliant today in the second half.
This victory against PSG away from home is probably the biggest win United have had in long long time. It was the sheer will and determination of the team, on the whole, to come out victories in a game where they were clearly not the best side.
Then following the match the reactions from the fans, players, coaching staff and everyone around showed what this victory meant. Ever since Sir Alex left United have been far from the Champions League level.
Yes, they are still lacking behind in terms of quality on the pitch but the attitude and focus
And yes, please announce Solskjaer as the permanent manager now as there is literally nothing left to prove for him. It takes courage to bring on two teenagers on the game like this and Solskjaer had that.
He fits in everything the clubs stands for and tonights PSG vs Manchester United game is an example of what this guy can achieve.
To conclude on his achievements, when the draw was made no single United fan would have thought that they will move through but here they are into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Glory Glory Man United !!!