VERDICT: Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain with two key tactical changes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has another addition to his collection of precious scalps and it was his most impressive as a Manchester United manager. Much like United’s last city break to Paris, there was the assistance of video assistant referee and late winner Marcus Rashford. Unlike 19 months ago, this was no accident.
There were injuries but not in double digits and Paris Saint-Germain would have more courage on this. Not on this evidence. United were tactically astute and adventurous against PSG, the shadow of the finalists edged out by Bayern Munich two months ago and looking like yesterday’s contenders.
Solskjaer beat Thomas Tuchel with the pivotal introduction from Paul Pogba which sparked a change in momentum and the Frenchman brought Rashford up to overtake Keylor Navas. Rashford had pushed back two presentable openings on the breakaway but converted the half-chance to let Narky Neymar’s header bow once more.
This, played out in a bizarre Parc des Princes, won’t be as remembered as Solskjaer’s seminal night as a Guardian and there were no Mancunians to rush to for Rashford. United, however, showed maturity and stopped an alarming start to the season by putting PSG upstarts back in their lane.
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