Half of the ties of round of 16 are over and as it stands Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, FC Porto and Manchester United all are through to the last 8. The young and dented team of the Red Devils overturned the tie in PSG’s own backyard in one of the most thrilling games UCL has seen.
Lukaku’s brilliance or poor defensive display?
Romelu Lukaku, the Manchester United number nine scored two goals for the third consecutive game to help Manchester United complete the comeback. In the second minute of the game PSG’s right back, Kehrer passed the ball into his own box, only to see Lukaku grab it, round up Buffon and put the ball into the net. In the 30th minute about 20 minutes after PSG’s equalizer, Buffon spilled a Rashford’s long range effort right into the path of Lukaku who bundled it in.
Where it may seem that United were gifted both these goals, the first finish and awareness for the second goal was something from the big Belgian. He seems to have found his form back on with the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Did PSG deserve a win?
Throughout the 180 minutes PSG were following the instructions attack attack attack. They were brilliant in going forward in Paris too but couldn’t supply the finishing touches. They came close to scoring after Bernat’s equalizer with the same left back hitting straight at De Gea. Mbappe had an early chance too where a strong touch would have ended up in the back of the net. Former United man Di Maria had the ball in their opponents’ goal but it was ruled offside correctly! Despite being at their brilliant best and matching the score tally of United, they fell short of an away goal.
The moment that decided it
Diogo Dalot had a go at the goal which was blocked by Presnel Kimpembe and went out for a corner as it seemed. But the referee Damir Skomina went for the VAR and ended up pointing at the spot to the dismay of many PSG fans and players as they thought the penalty should never have been given. Marcus Rashford stepped up in the injury time to score his first competitive penalty and a third away goal for Manchester United.
4-0 up against Barcelona in 2017 PSG lost 6-1 at Camp Nou conceding 3 goals in the final 6 minutes of the game to see themselves thrown out of the cup. Real Madrid never allowed PSG to come back into the tie after equalizing PSG’s first effort in 2018. Another year in the form of 2019 and cruising after winning an away fixture by two goals to nil, PSG threw it away in Paris. For the first time in the history of UCL a team won 2-0 away in the first leg and still couldn’t manage to see themselves through.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the one they were looking for?
Manchester United have won 32 points out of 36 offered in the league since OGS has arrived. They have scored the most goals in the league and gained the most points since then. Ole has won all of his 9 away games up till now that includes Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and now PSG as well. With United in the top 4 and very much likely to stay there by the end of the season, into the last 8 of FA Cup and Champions League will the Norwegian boss be given the job permanently?
By Ibraheem Awan