Manchester United became the first side in the history of the Champions League to recover from a 2-0 first leg home loss to advance to the next round of the competition.
PariS SG were playing the same XI that had triumphed 2-0 at Old Trafford, while United were down to bare bones, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez all unavailable to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to either injury or suspension.
Few would’ve backed United to win in Paris with the XI OGS put out, but they did, and L’Equipe ran the headline saying “Even Worse” (Encore Pire) and that the unthinkable had happened again (after the nightmare 6-1 loss to Barcelona two years ago)
Le Parisien said it was a “terrible affront” for the Parisians in their headline.
The ratings were particularly harsh on Kehrer and Buffon, both of whom effectively gifted goals to the Red Devils. Kehrer’s horrible back pass allowed Lukaku to score the opener inside 2 minutes at Parc des Princes, while Buffon split Rashford’s long range shot, with Lukaku pouncing on the rebound. A third, coming from a controversial Marcus Rashford penalty via VAR, allowed United to score in second half stoppage time, and saw them progress on the away goals rule.
Thiago Silva and Verratti were the only home players to come away with some credit from the game. Lukaku was rated as United (and the game’s) best player with eight, while the poorest United player on show was Andreas Pereira who had scored an absolute stunner against Southampton over the weekend.