Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still won’t believe Man Utd’s dramatic Champions League win at PSG was real

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WHAT a night. What a story. What on earth?

Even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is part of Manchester United folklore for one kick of the ball 20 years ago, the Norwegian might have been tempted to shake his head and wonder if it was all real on the flight back from Paris.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dazzled in charge of Manchester United since replacing Jose Mourinho
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Written off by most of the world, including the vast majority of United fans who made the trip.

Without 10 first team stars, including Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic.

Two down after the home leg.

And facing the frightening prospect of keeping Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria quiet at the Parc des Princes.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner as United pulled off an incredible comeback against PSG
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It was, surely, “Mission: Impossible”.

Instead, a story of sheer, wondrous, disbelief.

Gifted two goals, first by a terrible back pass and then the sort of blunder that, you suspect, 40-year-old keepers are more prone to make than younger versions of themselves.

Even so, still going out. On the back foot throughout the game. Relying on fragments of possession.


And, from their last attack, with time almost up, with the final throw of the dice, given the chance to win it from the spot.

Was it a penalty when Diogo Dalot’s hit and hope effort struck the arm of Presnel Kimpembe as he turned his back to deflect it behind?

Not for me. And, even with VAR, it will not be one in the Premier League next season.

But Uefa referees’ chief Roberto Rossetti has told his officials that, in such circumstances, the spot-kick MUST be awarded.

It was similar to the call that went against Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi in Schalke a fortnight ago.

And not one but TWO senior Uefa refs, first VAR man Massimiliano Irrati and then Slovakian Damir Skomina, agreed that Kimpembe had thrust his arms out to block the strike.

The Red Devils were handed an injury-time penalty after Diogo Dalot’s shot struck Presnel Kimpembe’s arm

Having been given the chance to win the tie though, it still required Marcus Rashford to show nerves of steel, keeping a calm head through the maelstrom and PSG attempts to put him off.

Rashford did so, superbly, thumping home to complete arguably the greatest comeback in two-legged Champions League history, certainly the most unlikely pulled off by an away side.

Solskjaer can start planning for next season, now. There is no way Ed Woodward and the United board can not give him the job for keeps.

The Norwegian has transformed a fractious, self-pitying, openly defiant dressing room and made it a happy place. United!

Incredibly, out of nowhere, United can still turn a season which threatened to combust completely into one of astonishing achievement.

It will not be that easy, of course.

Romelu Lukaku netted twice against PSG – the third game in a row he has banged in a double
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Fourth place in the Premier League has to be earned and they have yet to play Arsenal, City and Chelsea.

City, too, are still there in the FA Cup.

And in Europe, the last eight will not have too many weak sides. It could be any of the English teams, Bayern if they beat Liverpool, or Barcelona. Just to get to the last four.

But United, Solskjaer and his players have the right to revel in what they achieved in Paris.

It is, and deservedly, another one for the club’s annals. One to talk about for years to come.

Rashford has earned his place in that pantheon. Alongside a certain Norwegian.

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