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‘Football, bloody hell!’ – Solskjaer’s Man Utd miracle in Paris up there with Barcelona in ’99

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Three weeks after losing 2-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain, a patched-up United side went to Parc des Princes and pulled off a historic 3-1 win

Football. Bloody hell!

The comeback of all comebacks. Forget what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did as a player on that famous night in 1999, this was a moment like never before.

You just don’t win from a two-goal home leg defeat.

But Manchester United, in the most dramatic of circumstances, did exactly that.

It came thanks to a very contentious VAR decision, but United’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Parc des Princes was one of the most memorable nights in the long European history of a club which has been built around dramatic evenings on the continent.

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Romelu Lukaku’s first-half brace had looked set to be nothing more than consolation fodder until Damir Skomina was advised by his video official to have another look at the deflection off Presnel Kimpembe’s elbow on Diogo Dalot’s goal-bound shot.

Marcus Rashford kept his head while all around him were losing theirs. He struck the ball with confidence and force, and even Gianluigi Buffon wasn’t going to keep it out.

With that, Solskjaer the last-gasp playing hero was a management king of the same mould.

They couldn’t have wished for a more perfect start, with Thilo Kehrer’s ill-judged pass across his own defence sending Lukaku free. The Belgian kept his cool to round Buffon and slide home from a narrow angle.

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