Manchester United’s Champions League campaign is hanging in the balance after two goals from Neymar helped Paris St-Germain secure a 1-3 victory at Old Trafford.
The match had almost everything, a controversial red card to Fred, questionable referee’s decisions.
After this result at Manchester and RB Leipzig beat Istanbul Basaksehir at Istanbul means all three of the teams are with 9 points from 5 matches, only one match left and any of them can go through to the Champions League knockout stage.
When the group was drawn the Group H was the group of death and this group didn’t disappoint the football fans. It comes down to the last match of the group stage that which of the two teams will go to the next knockout round and who will relegate to the Europa League.
Coming into this match Manchester United was required to avoid defeat to qualify but they lose to PSG and PSG were in the risk of getting related to Europa League but they won the match and they are the favourite to qualify and even top the group as they will have to face Istanbul side who are already out of the competition.
Manchester United will have to play against RB Leipzig at Leipzig and they just need to avoid defeat to qualify because of the head to head rule as they already won 5-0 at Old Trafford. But it is a must-win game for Leipzig and they will have to play without Dayot Upamecano, he will be suspended for the match.
Team News: Manchester United 1-3 PSG
Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjær chose a very attacking side with the front four of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, and Bruno Fernandes.
Manchester United made three changes from their match against Southampton. Martial was back into the starting Xl after recovering from illness and Scott Mctominay also back after recovering from a knock. The last match hero, Cavani got his start against his old team.
Donny Van De Beek, Nemanja Matic, and Mason Greenwood started on the bench. Paul Pogba also made himself only to the bench after getting back from an ankle issue.
On the other hand, PSG made three changes as well from their draw against Bordeaux last weekend. Danilo Pereira, Abdou Diallo, and Keylor Navas came in for Rafinha Alcantara, Michel Bekker, and Sergio Rico.
PSG started with 3-4-3 formation. Neymar and Mbappe were in the starting Xl with Moise Kean and Angel Di Maria was on the bench.
Manchester United Xl: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Martial; Cavani. Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, James, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pogba, van de Beek, Greenwood, Ighalo.
PSG Xl: Navas; Florenzi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Diallo; Verratti, Danilo, Paredes; Kean, Neymar, Mbappe. Subs: Rico, Letellier, Kehrer, Di Maria, Rafinha, Kurzawa, Herrera, Bakker, Gueye, Dagba, Pembele, Fadiga.
PSG started the game very dominantly, they managed to put Manchester United side under pressure for 15-20 minutes. They took advantage in this spell early on in the game through Neymar.
Neymar fired PSG into a sixth-minute lead after a Kylian Mbappe shot was deflected and fell kindly to the Brazilian forward who drilled the ball into the bottom corner.
United equalised in the 32nd minute through a Marcus Rashford shot which deflected off the outstretched leg of Danilo to beat PSG keeper Keylor Navas.
United created several good chances after the break but failed to score. Martial missed the easiest chance for a forward at this level.
After good work from Edinson Cavani and Rashford down the right, Anthony Martial fired over the bar from a promising position.
Cavani was sent through and launched an audacious chip over the advancing Navas but the ball struck the crossbar, Martial’s follow up shot was brilliantly blocked by Marquinhos.
The defender struck the bar himself with a looping header over David De Gea and the goalkeeper pulled off a great save to keep out a low shot from substitute Mitchel Bakker.
Then came the minute that changed the game, a half-cleared corner rattled around the box before it was poked in by Marquinhos.
Fred was dismissed after a foul on ex-United midfielder Ander Herrera as things fell to pieces for the home side. Paul Pogba’s long-range volley went just over the crossbar.
In 91st minutes a blistering counter-attack from PSG and an assist from Rafinha for Neymar’s second and PSG’s third goal put the nail on this match.
Neymar (8/10): Even though he wasn’t his best in this match, he scored two crucial goals for this important victory.
Marquinhos (7/10): He led his team brilliantly and scored at an important moment when United was dominating the match and defended excellently as well.
Rashford (7/10): Scored the equaliser and also created a great opportunity for Martial to score. Overall he played pretty well.
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