Ratings: Lukaku brace gives Manchester United a lifeline and a VAR penalty scored by Rashford sends PSG crashing out, again!


Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 on the evening, 3-3 on aggregate, winning on away goals at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Wednesday evening. If you are not amazed yet, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did it with ten first team players on the sidelines through injury or illness. Solskjaer has done it, the job is surely his now. Two more matches to be played in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Wow, Romelu Lukaku found an early goal to put United in with a chance this evening. PSG was passing the ball around the pitch and the Belgian stole the ball, was through on goal scoring his fifth goal in his last three matches. That was a good feeling for United, who will be up for this now. However, the lead was short-lived as PSG found an equaliser through Juan Bernat in the 12th minute, assisted by Kylian Mbappe.

United had not given up though. In the 30th minute, Lukaku scored his second goal, his sixth in his last three matches, putting United 2-1 up on the night, 3-2 behind on aggregate. PSG will be quietly contemplating what could be as two years ago, the French champions beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg, losing 6-1 in the second leg, so the French side has it in them. Last season, they lost 5-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid, who were knocked out by Ajax on Tuesday evening.

It was a game that Tahith Chong played a part in, replacing Andreas Pereira in the 80th minute with United still needing a goal to win the tie. 17-year-old Mason Greenwood also made his debut, replacing Ashley Young in the 87th minute of the game. Solskjaer had a clear plan, especially in saying that he wanted his side to be just a goal behind in the 70th minute, which they were. I don’t think he would have planned for what actually happened though…

In added time, Diogo Dalot, who replaced Eric Bailly in the 36th minute, shot towards goal with Marco Verratti sliding in for the challenge. The Portuguese teenager played his shot, which was rising. Presnel Kimpenbe jumped to deflect the ball, turning his back whilst doing so. The ball seemed to scuff his arm and I thought nothing of it until the referee called for VAR to become involved. After a few minutes of stoppage, the penalty was awarded and Kimpembe dropped to the floor.

Marcus Rashford walked forward to take the penalty, the first one he has ever taken for his club in 159 appearances. Gianluigi Buffon was beaten. There were at least four minutes played and PSG was really trying to get something from this game other than their bus fare home. In conclusion, that is all they got but they did not have much distance to travel. United are in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League this season. Who would have thought that? Not to get carried away though as Arsenal are on the horizon.

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Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku

There are so many contenders for the Man of the Match from this game. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Fred, Marcus Rashford but one player deserved it more than those and that is Romelu Lukaku. Three games, six goals, six Premier League points and a quarter-final place in the UEFA Champions League this season. Weeks ago, the Belgian was devoid of form but looking at him now, he is up for helping United fire their way to glory this season. Arsenal on Sunday – a hat-trick coming? I certainly hope so!

Match Statistics:

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one was unable to save the goal from Bernat, although he did save another when the scoreline was 1-1. It was a nervous game, especially with United needing just one goal to win the tie. De Gea held his own and will now see his team march on, on, on.


3 Eric Bailly

The Ivorian defender has not been at his best for a long time now. He used to be the best defender at the club but has regressed massively. It says a lot when Phil Jones can play ahead of you when you are fit. Nothing but a liability for me tonight. Replaced bu Dalot in the 36th minute.


Chris Smalling

Smalling made two great interceptions after United took the lead in the game. He was at fault for the Bernat goal after Mbappe nutmegged him. His form has risen since the turbulent match against Southampton at the weekend.


2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman was heavily involved in the first half hour of the game with PSG trying to get the better of United, after Lukaku's early opener. Together with Smalling, Mbappe was held back from much involvement in United's final third.


18 Ashley Young

The England defender played a blinder for United for the most part of the game, getting important touches in where they needed to be, seemingly stopping PSG from scoring additional goals. Young offered next to no protection for Bailly, although the Ivorian did not help himself. It was much better when Dalot came on as Young played a more right-back role.


39 Scott McTominay

The midfielder seemed out of place in the formation and would have been more settled playing further back, protecting the back four. However, with the injury crisis, he managed to get stuck into the game and deserves some respect from the United faithful.


17 Fred

The was the most impressive performance from the Brazilian this season, certainly one for him to build more confidence from. Helped keep the tempo fast and pressed PSG with anger. Commendable performance for the summer signing.


15 Andreas Pereira

The Brazilian-born Belgian held his own against PSG for the most part of his involvement in Paris. According to the official Manchester United app, Pereira had a 60% influence in the game, mainly for defending and possession. He's starting to look the part in this United side, which is good for him.


23 Luke Shaw

Shaw did not get much involvement in the game and seemed to be scared of PSG's attacking prowess. The goal was created from his flank in the 12th minute. He played much better after that though, with United throwing all they could at PSG and getting what they wanted.


10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward had a shot early in the game, which Buffon parried and Lukaku buried. Rashford was a threat in the first half but in the second, he was not all that involved with United playing a 4-5-1 formation. However, after VAR awarded a penalty, Rashford stood firm, took his shot and put United into the quarter-finals. Massive respect for the lad.


Romelu Lukaku

Weeks ago, Lukaku looked void of form. After three games and six goal (a brace in each), his confidence is now at a very high level, which was at the right time for United. It was a shame he did not get the hat-trick but it doesn't matter, one will come for him sooner or later.



20 Diogo Dalot

Replaced Bailly 36'. A great replacement for Bailly as, like on Saturday, United played a lot better. Dalot nearly created something minutes after he replaced Bailly. Should have started again. Needs to start on Sunday.


Tahith Chong

Replaced Pereira 80'. Had ten minutes plus stoppage time on the pitch. Dug deep to help United defend and played a part in stopping PSFG from getting the better of United. His confidence will be boosted by his and the teams performance.


11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced Young 87'. Made his debut for the club. United needed a goal, if could have been a fairytale ending is he created or scored it. It didn't happen like that but it still would have been a great experience for him. Looking forward to seeing more of this 17-year-old maestro.


Goals: Juan Bernat 12′; Romelu Lukaku 2′, 30′, Marcus Rashford 90+4 penalty

Assists: Kylian Mbappe 12′

Manchester United: De Gea; Bailly (Dalot 36′), Smalling, Lindelof; Young (Greenwood 87′), McTominay, Fred, Pereira (Chong 80′), Shaw; Rashford, Lukaku

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo; Gomes, Garner

Bookings: Angel Di Maria 34′, Leandro Parades 75′; Luke Shaw 90+9′

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