Ole GunnarSolskjaerwas proud ofManchester Unitedforanother memorable late Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germainbut said it was not the same in a “sterile” atmosphere.
United became the first team to beat PSG at home more than once in the Champions League, with Rashford having struck a stoppage-time spot-kick to secure a 3-1 win on their previous visit – a result that sent them into the 2018-19quarter-finalson away goals.
However, with no fans in attendance in Parison this occasion due to restrictions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic,Solskjaeracknowledged there was not the same feeling.
“It’s a different feeling from the last time we won here, it’s at the start of the group stage but we’ve beaten a fantastic team,”Solskjaertold BT Sport.
“Last time it was a knockout and it was euphoric, this is sterile without the fans but it’s still excellent and we deserved to win.”
David deGeaproduced some impressive saves to keep out AngelDiMaria,LayvinKurzawa and Kylian Mbappe, who was marshalled impressively by AxelTuanzebein his first appearance since December 2019.
Tuanzebeplayed on the right side of a back three that included Luke Shaw, with Alex Telles handed a debut at left wing-back.
“When you go away to a team like this against Neymar and Mbappe you have to defendwelland your keeper will have to make saves,” saidSolskjaer.
“We know Axel’s qualities. He is a top defender and his first game in 10 months was testament to the quality he has.”
Before netting the winner to secure a 10th straight away victory for United in all competitions for the first time in their history, Rashford had struggled to execute efficiently despite being regularly released in behind the defence.
He was twice kept out by Keylor Navas before finally finding the back of the net with the help of the base of the left post.
Rashford said:”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 team. As players it’s important to believe in the system that the manager chooses to play. We did that fantastically.
“It wastoughbut 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 great things.
Source : goal.com