After a disappointing start to the season in the Premier League was laid to rest on Saturday, an outstanding United took all 3 points in their first Champions League group game against last seasons losing finalists Paris St Germain.
Marcus Rashford scored a delightful 87th minute winner driving the ball in off the inside of the far post. United had led in the first half after Bruno Fernandes converted a penalty and the second time of asking, which PSG had equalised with an Anthony Martial own goal from a corner.
Outstanding United look the part
It was supposed to be the biggest test of the group of death in this years UCL, but United looked fully the part of a team that has such a storied history in this competition. With Axel Tuanzebe filling in manfully at the back for Harry Maguire, Alex Telles making his United debut, and wing-backs used for the first time this season, United looked fantastic.
The first half was totally dominated by United. The dominated the midfield, looked more dangerous than PSG going forward, and all-in-all a thoroughly deserved first-half lead. PSG were much more competitive in the second half…until Solskjaer changed tactics to a 4-4-2 to cancel them out again, and begin to threaten.
And that’s when Marcus Rashford stepped up. Despite some criticism in recent times, Rashford is becoming a dominant and complete player. He may not yet be 100% consistent, but we shouldn’t forget he is still a young man finding his way, not just on the pitch but in the real world as well.
And once again, it was Marcus Rashford who stepped up and won his team the points on a rainy night in Paris. This team is almost certainly not ready to win the Champions League, and they may still not make it out of this extremely difficult group.
But tonight was a night that this team will use to grow together, and will ultimately be the night we look back on as the point they began to put the troubling times aside and began to look more like Manchester United again.