Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds six gladiators in PSG Champions League win

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds six gladiators in PSG Champions League win

Manchester United went into Tuesday night’s match against PSG with few giving them a chance. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side produced a sublime performance to ensure they leave the Parc des Princes with all three points. And fans will now be hopeful they can produce similar performances in the coming weeks, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and RB Leipzig all lying in wait.

Bruno Fernandes put the Red Devils ahead in the first half, scoring a penalty at the second attempt after his first effort had been saved by Keylor Navas.

United could have added more to their scoreline with Marcus Rashford squandering chances.

But PSG levelled through an Anthony Martial own goal.

Despite being pegged back, United refused to give in. And, with three minutes left on the clock, Rashford struck to secure all three points.

So Express Sport will now take a look at the six gladiators who stood tall for the 47-year-old amid the heat of the battle.

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Axel Tuanzebe

Given it was his first start since January, you could have forgiven Axel Tuanzebe for looking rusty.

But the youngster didn’t and produced a memorable performance.

On more than one occasion, he used his pace and strength to stop Mbappe. That, certainly, didn’t please the PSG star.

And the Red Devils will now be hopeful he can stay fit.

With Harry Maguire awful so far this term, and Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly still finding their feet, Tuanzebe could be fast-tracked to become a regular.

Alex Telles

Alex Telles signed for United from Porto on transfer deadline day.

This was his first outing for his new club and, though he was substituted for Paul Pogba in the second half, the Brazil international was exceptional.

Telles got forward with gusto and also worked hard defensively, racing up both ends of the pitch with a performance enough to make anybody tired.

The Red Devils won’t always line up in a 3-4-1-2 formation.

But Telles should now be unleashed at left-back, where he could oust Luke Shaw from Solskjaer’s starting XI.

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Fred

It hasn’t been an easy life in England for Fred so far.

The Brazil international still struggles for consistency but it’s the European stage when he looks at his best.

And, after being selected over Pogba, the Samba star produced a composed display – pinging the ball around and defending deep.

Scott McTominay also fared well in France.

But it was Fred who was particularly outstanding.

Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes only found out on Monday that he’d be given the captain’s armband for United.

But the Portugal international looked like he’d been skippering the side all his life out there in Paris.

Fernandes deserves immense credit for re-taking the penalty and scoring, with Navas previously saving his attempt.

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And he was a vocal presence throughout the match, commanding the players around him as United went in search of victory.

He, out of all the players, is Solskjaer’s biggest gladiator.

Published at Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:24:00 +0000