The Norwegian masterminded a dramatic win over PSG at the Parc des Princes, with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford on target in a 2-1 victory
There have been many questions asked about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at Manchester United in recent weeks, but he answered plenty of them by masterminding another dramatic win over Paris Saint-Germain.
On Tuesday night, some 19 months on from the most significant victory of his coaching career, the Norwegian led his side to another fully deserved yet surprising victory at the Parc des Princes, with the Red Devils this time triumphing 2-1 thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
The stakes may not have been as high. In March 2019, United were trailing 2-0 on aggregate going into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting with PSG in the French capital. This latest encounter was merely the opening fixture of their respective group-stage campaigns.
However, the taste of victory was arguably even sweeter for Solskjaer. Last time, he had nothing to lose; this time, there were those arguing his job was on the line, given United’s mediocre start to the season.
Indeed, he arrived with a side that had won just two of their opening four Premier League games, conceding 12 goals in the process.
To make matters worse, they were going up against a PSG team not only blessed with one of the most fearsome forward lines in world football, but also one that had seemingly got over their Champions League block by reaching last season’s final. What’s more, the French champions hadn’t lost a Champions League group stage game at home since 2004.
However, any doubts over Solskjaer’s tactical acumen were put to bed after a perfectly executed game plan which saw them claim all three points.