Three time European football champions Manchester United floored Paris Saint-Germain to qualify for UEFA Champions League quarter finals. PSG were outclassed 1-3 by Man United at Parc des Princes, Paris. This was a remarkable comeback by MUFC after losing first leg 0-2 against PSG at Old Trafford, Manchester. Aggregate score was 3-3, but Manchester United made to last 8 of UCL on away goals rule. Marcus Rashford’s stoppage time penalty earned The Red Devils a place in UCL quarter-finals. Man United have advanced to quarter finals of UCL for the first time since 2014. Manchester United under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær will look to win UEFA Champions League trophy in 2018-19 season.
Man United attacked on PSG side right from start. Romelu Lukaku kicked first goal on 2’ to hint MUFC’s intent. Paris Saint-Germain’s left-back Juan Bernat equalized on 12’. Lukaku put Manchester United in lead with a goal on 30’. Marcus Rashford sealed the victory for The Red Devils through the injury-time penalty on 90’+4 to make scoreline read 1-3. This hit resulted in 3-3 aggregate score. Man United moved to last 8 on away goals basis, kicking three goals at Parc des Princes in comparison to two goals fired by PSG at Old Trafford.
This was an outstanding result for Manchester United, a team that was 0-2 down in first leg against Paris Saint-Germain. Ole Gunnar Solskjær, caretaker manager of MUFC was confident that his team can knock-off the favorites PSG in second leg. He trusted in young players and it paid off big time with Rashford slotting his first penalty in PSG net. Man United have triumphed in last nine away games, thanks to brilliant coaching of Ole Gunnar Solskjær. PSG had 72% possession in the match and had four shots on MUFC’s goal, but converted just one. Dani Alves, Kylian Mbappé, Angel di Maria kicked on The Red Devils’ net but missed. Juan Bernat also shelled his second chance at Man United goal. PSG are now defeated in 7 of their last 12 UCL knockout games. They have lost their last two matches at Parc des Princes. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. head coach Thomas Tuchel was left to rue the lost opportunities.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said: “We always believed. We set out our plan, and it wasn’t about keeping the ball. The plan was to get the first goal and be in the game in the last five or ten minutes – and we were. Fred and McTominay were excellent, screening their high midfielders. That was probably Fred’s breakthrough performance. [Sir Alex Ferguson] is happy and proud as well. This is how we do things at Manchester United. We can go all the way, but we just have to wait for the draw. You can’t really hope for anyone or not want anyone. All the teams are quality. Six goals in three games [for Lukaku] – not bad. Ever since I came and he came back, Lukaku has worked his absolute socks off. He’s had his criticism, but we’ve played him in a position that suits him better. I’m delighted for him.”