Neymar scored twice to guide Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 victory at 10-man Manchester United within the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving each groups’ hopes of reaching the knockout stage unsure heading into their remaining group video games.
United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjær was left to rue not bringing off Fred after he escaped with solely a reserving for a first-half head butt. The midfielder was despatched off within the seventieth minute for a second yellow card after his problem on former United midfielder Ander Herrera simply after United had gone 2-1 down when Marquinhos scored.
“Fred performed actually disciplined within the second half,” Solskjær mentioned. “He was fortunate to remain on within the first half.”
Marcus Rashford had equalized within the thirty second minute after Neymar had taken solely six minutes to place final season’s overwhelmed finalists in entrance. The Brazilian struck once more in stoppage time at an empty Outdated Trafford.
“That is good for our confidence,” Marquinhos mentioned. “We’re nonetheless within the competitors and really pleased.”
Whereas United stays high of Group H, PSG and Leipzig are solely behind on purpose distinction. United solely wants some extent in Leipzig on Tuesday when PSG hosts Istanbul Basaksehir, which is six factors behind the highest three. Dropping to United within the Group H opener in Paris had put the warmth on Thomas Tuchel, who has picked up two factors from the final two French league video games.
“We earned our luck as we speak by laborious work, by good mentality,” Tuchel mentioned. “It’s not probably the most simple time for us. We don’t play on the highest stage.”
The guests did at the beginning in Manchester when Kylian Mbappé’s deflected shot bounced into the trail of Neymar to attain from the close to publish. It took David de Gea’s save, palming away Alessandro Florenzi’s shot, to stop the deficit from rising greater for United. Luck got here within the type of Fred not being despatched off for pushing his head towards Leandro Paredes, regardless of a VAR evaluate.
“To offer a yellow card I used to be very shocked,” Tuchel mentioned. “It says he touched him however not laborious sufficient for a crimson card?”
After the reprieve, United drew stage when Anthony Martial’s shot was parried by Kaylor Navas and Rashford’s strike deflected off Danilo previous the goalkeeper for his sixth purpose in 5 European video games. Luckily once more for United, Paredes was booked somewhat than Fred, who stepped on the PSG midfielder’s foot.
That also didn’t immediate Solskjær to substitute Fred on the break. United had possibilities to go in entrance after the break when Martial lifted a shot over and Edinson Cavani tried to chip Navas.
“It might maybe have been fully totally different if that they had scored,” Herrera mentioned. “However we have now gamers who can kill a match.”
PSG was again in entrance within the 69th. De Gea pushed Mitchel Bakker’s low shot extensive however from the ensuing nook Herrera handed to Abdou Diallo, who squared throughout the six-yard field for Marquinhos to knock the ball beneath the goalkeeper.
It was then a much less contentious problem on Herrera from Fred that earned the second yellow card. This time there was no VAR evaluate, whilst Fred lingered. The sport was getting away from United and it was killed off when Neymar started a transfer across the midway line that led to the third purpose. The Brazilian despatched a long-range move to Mbappe and Rafinha then teed up Neymar to sidefoot into an open internet.
“Their targets had been scrappy targets, a ricochet and pinball across the field,” United captain Harry Maguire mentioned. “I really feel we deserved one thing.”