Superb performance by Manchester United is capped by late Marcus Rashford winner to get their Champions League Group H campaign off to the perfect start
Marcus Rashford delivered again for Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain as his late strike sealed a 2-1 win in the Champions League group stages.
After scoring the decisive injury-time penalty in their Champions League quarter-final comeback win two seasons ago, Rashford scored with three minutes remaining on Tuesday to reward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men with a richly deserved three points.
Bruno Fernandes had given the visitors the lead (23) from the penalty spot with a retaken effort after Keylor Navas had encroached whilst saving the original effort. An unfortunate Anthony Martial own goal (55) drew an off-colour PSG level but United were the better side in Paris.
They executed their tactics brilliantly to quell the threat of last year’s Champions League runners-up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe expertly marshalled by Axel Tuanzebe, who was making his first start since 2019.
The defeat was PSG’s first home defeat in the Champions League group stages since 2004.
Man of the match: Axel Tuanzebe
This was a phenomenal performance considering the last football match this man played came against Colchester in the EFL Cup 10 months ago. That day he marked Frank Nouble, here, he was tasked with marking Neymar and Mbappe, arguably the two most dangerous forwards in world football. He had them both in his pocket. Yes, they were perhaps a little below par of their usual standard but Tuanzebe looked like he had been bossing Champions League games his whole life. Filled with pace, power and excellent positioning, the defender twice stopped a full-flowing Mbappe from charging onto his goal with strong last-ditch defensive play. Harry Maguire may struggle to get back in this team.