Marcus Rashford produced one other late strike to sink Paris Saint-Germain as Manchester United beat final season’s runners-up 2-1 on the Parc des Princes of their Champions League group-stage opener on Tuesday. The England striker, whose last-gasp penalty gave United a shocking victory over PSG right here within the final 16 in 2019, smashed house within the 87th minute as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet claimed a well-deserved three factors in Group H.
“They have been each alternatives to win the sport. As a striker when it is late on, that is your mindset, you would possibly solely get one likelihood and you need to do your finest to make it occur,” Rashford advised BT Sport after repeating his heroics of two seasons in the past.
United had taken a first-half lead behind closed doorways in Paris courtesy of a retaken Bruno Fernandes penalty after their captain for the match had initially missed.
However it regarded as if PSG would escape with a draw regardless of a poor efficiency when Anthony Martial headed a Neymar nook into his personal internet 10 minutes after the restart on this Group H encounter.
It’s one other superb outcome for Solskjaer, who was handed the United supervisor’s job on a everlasting foundation on the again of that victory right here in March 2019 and has now seen his facet bounce again in model from an embarrassing 6-1 house loss to Tottenham Hotspur simply earlier than the current worldwide break.
“It is a completely different feeling, it is the beginning of the group levels, however we nonetheless win in opposition to a implausible crew,” Solskjaer mentioned.
“The final time it was a knockout tie and the euphoria was completely different. Now there is no such thing as a followers, it is sterile, there is no such thing as a one right here to have fun with, however the gamers have been wonderful.”
Solskjaer had once more left Paul Pogba on the bench at kick-off, identical to in Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League win at Newcastle United, and the Norwegian’s determination to start out with three centre-backs additionally paid off.
Axel Tuanzebe got here into the defence for his first begin in 10 months with Harry Maguire lacking, whereas there was a debut as a left wing-back for Alex Telles following the Brazilian’s arrival from Porto.
– PSG off color –
PSG regarded out of types, maybe struggling greater than their guests to adapt to the weird expertise of taking part in such a recreation with out followers.
In numerous instances the Parc des Princes would have been buzzing with anticipation forward of the primary recreation of one other Champions League marketing campaign, underneath the lights.
As a substitute it was empty, the 9:00 pm native time kick-off coinciding with the beginning of the nighttime curfew lately launched within the French capital as a part of makes an attempt to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.
PSG had been hoping to get off to a profitable begin to their newest bid to win this competitors, two months after Thomas Tuchel’s facet misplaced to Bayern Munich within the closing.
“It was a efficiency with out depth, with out aggression. It was truthfully a bit weird,” mentioned Tuchel, whose facet have video games in opposition to RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir to return subsequent.
“We knew we have been in a tough group and it will be even more durable now.”
United went forward within the 23rd minute from a spot-kick awarded after Martial was fouled by Abdou Diallo.
Having missed a penalty at Newcastle, Fernandes this time noticed his kick stopped by Keylor Navas.
Nevertheless, the Costa Rican was off his line when he made the save so referee Mateu Lahoz ordered a retake. Fernandes stored his nerve to attain second time round.
PSG had come near taking an early lead by means of Angel Di Maria however they regarded off color and missed Marquinhos and Marco Verratti.
Tuchel subsequently modified issues at half-time, sending on Moise Kean and altering formation.
And after a implausible David De Gea save from Kylian Mbappe and a Layvin Kurzawa cross that landed on the crossbar, they equalised as Martial diverted Neymar’s nook into the online.
Pogba then got here on, and Rashford was twice denied by Navas earlier than finally discovering the online.
The outcome units United up properly for subsequent week’s house conflict with RB Leipzig, who beat Istanbul Basaksehir 2-Zero on Tuesday.
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