UNITED VICTORY A TESTAMENT TO YOUTH
Manchester United went to Paris on Wednesday with a bench which contained six youth players at the end of the day several records were broken on the night. Not many gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer charges a chance in Paris.
The Norwegian had said in a pre-game interview that United just had to stay in the game with a few minutes left in the clash. Such a statement from a manager with a weakened squad was brave against a PSG Squad that had lost just two of their last 50 European games at home.
Romelu Lukaku seemed to take the fight to PSG on his own pouncing after 3 minutes on a loose pass from Kehrer and brushing off the challenge of Thiago Silva to run past Buffon for the first goal. United rode their luck after the goal with Bailly looking uncomfortable in the right-back position.
It was no surprise that PSG equalize came as a result of the Ivorian defender, first he kept Kylian Mbappe onside and failed to react to the movement of Bernat for the goal.
United continued to hang on and a moment of error from Buffon allowed Lukaku to score the second goal from a Marcus Rashford fumbled shot. The second half was dicey with PSG having a goal disallowed for offside.
With a few minutes to go Solskjaer made his last throw of dice bringing on youngster Mason Greenwood who became the youngest United player to play in the Champions League. United fans would be hoping that he turns out to be the next Rooney instead of an Obertan.
DiogoDalot won a penalty in the dying seconds of the game and Rashford converted to send United to the round of 16.