Manchester United’s stunning comeback against PSG in 2019 was one of the club’s great European moments…. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his players they would score the first goal and Neymar and Thomas Tuchel were fuming after
- In March 2019, Manchester United completed a sensational comeback at PSG
- United lost 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at home
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then caretaker, went on to mastermind a 3-1 win in Paris
- As United face PSG again on Tuesday, can the Norwegian cause another shock?
It’s up there with the greatest European triumphs in Manchester United’s history. The Miracle in Paris.
The night Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team came back to beat PSG and convince the Old Trafford board to give their caretaker boss the job full-time.
On March 6, 2019, United became the first team ever to go through in a Champions League tie after losing the first leg by two goals at home.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got good memories of the last time his Manchester United faced PSG
Marcus Rashford scored the winner as United turned around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg
As United face PSG again in the Champions League on Tuesday, Solskjaer will hope for similar
A side hit by injury and suspension were written off before the return at Parc des Princes, which Solskjaer seized on pre-match.
‘If you listen to everything, we’ve already lost and we haven’t even kicked a ball yet,’ he told the players. ‘Block it out. It’s all about belief. We’re going to score the first goal — it’s a case of when not if.’
He was right. Romelu Lukaku struck in the second minute and although Juan Bernat equalised, Lukaku restored United’s lead before half-time.
‘Both teams will have an opportunity to win this game,’ said Solskjaer at the break. ‘When ours comes, stay calm.’
Romelu Lukaku double was crucial to put United back ahead after also scoring two minutes in
Neymar (centre) was ruled-out for the game and lost his cool in the tunnel after the whistle
The Parisians will not have forgotten their collapse and will be back for revenge this year
Marcus Rashford did just that, converting a penalty four minutes into added time to send United into the quarter-finals on away goals after Diogo Dalot’s long-range shot hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm.
In the chaos that followed, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel screamed at United staff who were trying to tell him Solskjaer wanted to shake hands.
Neymar, who missed the game through injury, abused the Slovenian match officials in the tunnel area and was later banned by UEFA for posting a message on social media telling them to ‘Go **** yourselves!’
Sir Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona turned up in the United dressing room and joined in the songs of celebration.
PSG’s angry fans marched on the training ground and threw firecrackers. As the teams meet in Paris again, they will not have forgotten.