Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Bruno Fernandes and Axel Tuanzebe after his side’s 2-1 Champions League win over PSG on Tuesday. The Red Devils picked up all three points courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s late winner. And that means they’ve got their European campaign off to a winning start.
Manchester United went into the match against PSG as underdogs.
But Solskjaer’s side produced an outstanding defensive display to pick up all three points, with Fernandes and Rashford both on target at the Parc des Princes.
Fernandes opened the scoring in the first half, converting from the penalty spot after Keylor Navas had saved his first attempt.
An Anthony Martial own-goal then pegged United back after the break.
But the Red Devils, who were the better of the two teams, got the win they craved with Rashford striking at the death – in scenes reminiscent of March last year.
And, speaking after the match, Solskjaer picked out Tuanzebe and Rashford praise.
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“We know we need 10 points to get through so next week’s game is very important. There are so many games.”
Rashford was also thrilled.
“Of course it’s a nice feeling,” said the England international.
“More importantly, we won the game.
“We’re in a strong position now in the group but it’s the first game. The concentration levels we showed today we have to take forward into the next game.
“For me, they were both opportunities to win the game. As a striker, in the game late on, that’s the mentality. You might only get one chance. It gets us the three points.
“It’s a good performance but also one where we have a lot to build on.
“I always believe in the tema. As players it’s important to believe in the system that the manager chooses to play. We did that fantastically.
“It was tough but we kept the intensity high. We had to defend very deep at times. They have some amazing players.
“In the low block it can be tough but the guys on the sides – the full-backs – they defended unbelievably. When we defend like that man-to-man, we can do really well.
“Every game requires different tactics and a different performance but what has to stay the same is the intensity. The intensity was key for us tonight. We kept going for 90 minutes. We are very happy today.”
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