It all seemed the job was already done at Old Trafford a fortnight ago when Man United fell to a 0-2 defeat to PSG in the UCL. The Red Devils lost key players to injuries and midfield maestro Paul Pogba got red carded, leaving the manager with a tough choice on whom to pick for the second leg. OGS had to look up to the reserve side for reinforcement as he tweaked his makeshift line-up to remain competitive and bring in good results.
It must a stroke of good luck on Manchester United because they were gifted two goals by PSG’s defense and legendary goalkeeper Luigi Buffon, and on form Lukaku gleefully converted them to give them a lifeline. PSG managed to get one back and could have killed the game with numerous chances, but Manchester held their nerve as time run to a nervy finish. PSG were having an easy time at Parc des Princes, but they let their opponents crawl back into the game a dangerous thing to do to a team like united. They enjoyed a 73% ball possession against United’s 27%, made 761 passes compared to a mere 293 stringed passes by the English side and had 16 attempts on goal, 4 of which were on goal. Mbappe, Alves, Di Maria and co. all got chances but squared them, and lived to regret.
In the dying minutes of the games, a dangerous ball shot by Dalot was handled byPresnel Kimpembe, and upon verification on VAR, a spot kick was called upon. Marcus Rashford, 21 calmed his nerves and steeled himself to thump home past Buffon and make the score 1-3 against the home side. Whereas Paris and France were stunned by the turn of events so late in the game, the raucous visiting side fans and bench were jubilant in believe and disbelieve as Manchester United KO PSG on the away goals rule. The final result was totally unexpected as the Red Devils progressed to the quarter finals of the UCL. Youngsters McTominay, Mason Greenwood and Tohith Chong were part of the action, and will forever remember the famous comeback as they get ingrained into the senior side.
Following Real Madrid defeat at Santiago Bernabue to a youthful Ajax, the ousting of favorites PSG to underdogs Man United was indeed a big upset in the UCL. The high stakes in the competition mean that any team at this stage should not be underestimated, a mistake PSG did and paid dearly for it. OGS has worked tremendously for the United outfit, and their form in the premier league and UCL is a clear manifestation they are a force to be reckoned with. Lukaku has been in good form of late, delivering when it mattered. The back, marshaled by De Gea, Smalling and Lindelof have been solid and consist committing less fouls and mistakes to give opponents advantage. Pogba may not have played, but his overall performance and quality has won most games for United. They deserve a trophy at the end of season , and have reason to build up on the momentum gained so far. If OGS is not good enough for the managerial role, who then will take the mantle…?