Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United – Talking Points

Manchester United were at their resolute best as they beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the second-leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday night. 

Having lost the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford, Manchester United needed to produce something magnificent to get the better of the Ligue 1 giants. And what Paris witnessed on Wednesday night was indeed something extra special, something very common for PSG in champions league. 

Manchester United took the game to the hosts right from the gate and needed only two minutes to cut Paris Saint-Germain’s advantage in half. Romelu Lukaku pounced on a PSG defensive lapse and rounded off Gianluigi Buffon to put his side 1-0 up. 

The visitors were happy to let Paris Saint-Germain enjoy more of the ball but did their best to keep them out of threatening areas. However, despite their best efforts, PSG caught United off guard and restored parity handsomely through Juan Bernat’s comfortable tap-in. Despite scoring a confidence-boosting goal, PSG struggled to make their superiority count and once again allowed Manchester United to get back in the game. 

Lukaku, who helped his side to a 1-0 lead in the opening stretch once again found himself in the right place at the right time to restore his side’s one-goal cushion.

The second half was more of the same, as Manchester United continued to threaten through counters while PSG comfortably shuffled the ball around. However, the French side’s inability to make the most of their possession came to haunt them at the end, when the visitors were awarded a decisive spot-kick in the 94th minute. 

Manchester United graduate, Marcus Rashford, stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched it beautifully past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon. The goal levelled the scored — 3-3 on aggregate — and United made it to the quarterfinals on away goals. 

Talking Points

Manchester United Show Heart

After being thrashed 2-0 at home, Manchester United, came into the match looking for a miracle. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too, had a point to prove in the backyard of the only team that had gotten the better of his side. So, he took the high road and unflinchingly took the game to the hosts. 

After getting the opening goal, United’s confidence grew, which was the only thing that kept them going despite conceding the equaliser. Without ten men, Solskjaer was tasked with doing almost an impossible job, but the Norwegian’s United DNA once again came through to hand the Red Devils an iconic win. 

A Shambolic Paris Saint-Germain Display

On paper, Paris Saint-Germain are one of the strongest teams in Europe. They have the privilege of deploying some of the most sought-after players in the world, who have plenty of top-flight experience. But somehow, they still manage to crumble under pressure, time and again. 

Last night was meant to be a comparatively comfortable night for PSG. Having already done the hard part at Old Trafford in the 1st leg of champions league, they only needed to be disciplined at home, and see the match through. Instead, they allowed United to have it their way and threaten United’s goal even when allowed to. 

Lukaku Saves the Day 

Romelu Lukaku hasn’t had the most straight-forward of campaigns. After enduring a patchy spell under Jose Mourinho, he took a lot of time to be accustomed to Solskjaer’s ways. However, considering his recent performances, it’s safe to say that the player has finally arrived. 

The big Belgian forward has now netted six goals in his last three games, becoming the only player since Cristiano Ronaldo to score two or more goals in three consecutive competitive matches. 

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Sushan Chakraborty
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