Manchester United became the first side in Champions League history to turn around a two-goal deficit from a home first leg, by beating PSG 3-1 tonight in Paris.
Few gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury-depleted side a chance ahead of tonight’s tie, but United got off to the ideal start when in-form striker Romelu Lukaku pounced on a slack pass by PSG defender Thilo Kehrer to put his side ahead.
PSG immediately seized control though and with United looking shaky at the back, it almost seemed inevitable as Juan Bernat pulled the French Champions level on 12 minutes.
PSG would once again be the masters of their own downfall, when 41-year-old ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon spilled a speculative Marcus Rashford drive into the path of Lukaku, who gleefully hit home to give United an unlikely half time lead.
Thomas Tuchel’s side continued to dominate possession during the second period and it looked like getting the all-important third goal would be a step too far for Solskjaer’s young side.
However, United would be handed the chance to win the tie in the final minutes when they were controversially awarded a penalty by VAR after PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe was adjudged to have deliberately handled a Diogo Dalot shot.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford showed composure beyond his 21 years to step up and hammer the spot-kick past Buffon to seal a famous win, with his sides only shot on target in the second half.
Speaking after the game the young Mancunian admitted tonight’s historic win was the kind of moment that footballers live for:
“I think it was just about keeping a cool head,” Rashford told BT Sport.
”That’s what you practice for. I wanted to take it.
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“Those moments are the moments we live for, and we want to come out of them smiling after.
“Everything seemed to be against us but we’re used to surviving these moments and we proved that again. We keep pushing and bettering ourselves.
“It’s a beautiful thing, to have 10 players injured too, but its an opportunity and it’s what they deserve.”