Diogo Dalot’s 89th minute shot in Paris sparked an incredible moment for Manchester United.
Presnel Kimpembe blocked the effort with his arm, leading to a VAR review, and a penalty which Marcus Rashford scored.
Rashford’s goal gave United a 3-1 win, enough to reach the quarter-finals on away goals.
There was no luck behind it. United deserved the win, and Dalot’s game changing moment was days, even weeks in the making.
After Andreas Pereira’s spectacular goal against Southampton, Dalot praised his teammate.
He added that he has been doing extra work with Pereira in training and dreamed of scoring like his pal.
Dalot: “It’s true that Andreas practices that shot.
“There are three or four of us who stick around at the end of the training sessions, me included, to practice.
“Who knows, maybe one day I can score a goal like that”
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Dalot’s shot was no fluke. He has been practising his long range shooting, and Pereira’s strike gave him the confidence to try.
The effort was goalbound before Kimpembe blocked it, and Dalot appealed straight away.
The referee and VAR combined to make the right call, leading to Rashford’s winner.
Dalot’s effort reflects the confidence at United right now, that a 19-year-old felt able to shoot at goal from distance in the final minutes away to PSG.
It summed up United’s success. This was no luck. It was the culmination of weeks of hard work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United paid £19 million to sign Dalot in the summer and already he is looking like a bargain.
Just for that moment alone, it was money well spent.