Four lessons learned as United knock out PSG with 3-1 away win

Have you recovered from last night yet?
Don’t worry if you haven’t, because we are still soaking it in too.
A last minute penalty from Marcus Rashford sealed a 3-1 win after a brace from Romelu Lukaku in the first half.

Here are four lessons we have learned from United’s incredible win…

We can win without Pogba

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How would we cope without Paul Pogba, who has more assists and goals than any United player?
This was a magical game, and showed the strength of the squad. Even without Pogba, United found a way to get the job done.
The Frenchman may struggle to get back onto penalty duties too.
This was Rashford’s first penalty for United, and there was no debate over who would take it.
You could not have put Rashford in a more difficult scenario.
Gianluigi Buffon has saved penalties at World Cups. Rashford gave him no chance.
Paul Pogba, as much as we love him, has a peculiar run up and does not inspire confidence.
Rashford has earned a right to challenge Pogba for the role.

There is no more debate. It’s Ole’s

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Forget your Pochettino’s, stuff your Simeone’s, axe your Ancelotti’s. There is only one man for the Manchester United job, and that’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It’s true, that defeat against PSG would have been a nagging doubt in the board’s mind despite incredible domestic form.
Now he has erased that. The way he did it was special too.
Solskjaer and his staff managed the game superbly, dealing with 10 senior players being unavailable.
He even brought on Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong, who will remember the moment forever.
There simply is no argument not to give Solskjaer the job.

Chris Smalling > Eric Bailly

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Chris Smalling has elevated above Eric Bailly in the pecking order over the last month.
Both started against PSG with Victor Lindelof, and Bailly looked immediately out of sorts.
He does little to inspire confidence, and his injury was a blessing in disguise as it pressed United into a reshuffle.
Smalling meanwhile was terrific at the back, and helped pocket Kylian Mbappe.
It’s time he got the credit his performances have deserved.

Fred stepped up

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Fred would not have started if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had much of a choice.
The Brazilian has disappointed since signing. Last night he stepped up.
He produced a controlled and measured performance in midfield, full of energy, and fighting for every ball.
It wasn’t a flashy performance. Instead it was exactly what was needed.
We are just scratching the surface with what Fred can do so far.

Last night was an encouraging sign that he can make it at United.

And one more thing… Karma strikes

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