VERDICT: Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain with two key tactical changes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has another addition to his collection of prized scalps and this was his most impressive as Manchester United manager. Just like United’s last city break in Paris, there was assistance from the Video Assistant Referee and a late Marcus Rashford winner. Unlike 19 months ago, this was no fluke.
There were injuries but not in double figures and Paris Saint-Germain supposedly have more mettle about them. Not on this evidence. United were tactically astute and adventurous against PSG, a shadow of the finalists edged out by Bayern Munich two months ago and looking like yesterday’s pretenders.
Solskjaer bested Thomas Tuchel with the pivotal introduction of Paul Pogba that sparked a momentum shift and the Frenchman teed up Rashford to arrow past Keylor Navas. Rashford had spurned two presentable openings on the breakaway yet converted the half-chance to leave the narky Neymar’s head bowed once more.
This, played out in an eerie Parc des Princes, will not be remembered as fondly as Solskjaer’s seminal night as a caretaker and there were no Mancunians to dart towards for Rashford. United have shown maturity, though, and arrested an alarming start to a season by putting upstarts PSG back in their lane.