Fourth minute of added time at the Parc des Princes and Marcus Rashford scores with a thunder shot and as cool as a cucumber for the 21 year old striker. The 2,200 United fans, and the players and staff erupt and pile on the 46 year old Norwegian baby faced assassin on the touch line.
The players wore pink in the spring Parisian evening, one of their change strips, while Ole wore a greenish substitutes vest, because the far side assistant referee confused his dark suit with the dark PSG jerseys. Why pink?, Well..... its a tribute to the MEN -Manchester Evening News' former late Saturday sports paper The Football Pink, before we had instant social media reports and 24 hour TV to turn to. In my home town and in others they published The Green 'Un !
When the draw was made bringing PSG and United together, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned to his teenage son Noah back in Molde and said "No way will United make it through". Two days later he receieved a phone call from Ed Woodward at Old Trafford and in 4 days he had taken the reigns of his former club which he played for from 1996-2007. WHO CAN FORGET HIS WINNING GOAL at The Nou Camp in 1999 against Bayern Munich. George Best and his mates had already left the stadium when it was 1-0 Bayern.
1.30am on Tursday morning the charter flight emptied the United party back at Manchester Airport and even the armed police applauded as they came out of security. Lukaku scored twice and 41 year old keeper Gianluigi Buffon had a bad evening. While playing for Juventus at Real Madrid a couple of seasons ago he has compared referee Michael Oliver to a 'Bag of Rubbish' and was fined and banned for 3 matches.
Neymar, injured but on the Champions League roster, might suffer the same fate after trying to get to the Slovenian officials in the tunnel. The £199 million striker was part of a £1.2 billion spend by the Qatari owners since they took over in 2011 . They have won Ligue 1 5 out of 7 times recently but never advanced past the Champions League quarter finals. Two seasons ago they led Barca 4-0 after the first leg and lost 6-1 in the return leg at the Nou Camp.
OGS has bridged an 11 point gap, put United in the FA Cup lat 8 and now this !
ENCORE PIRE (Even Worse) was the headline in L'EQUIPE, and Cataclysm. LE FIGARO "Unforgivable, there is a curse on PSG ".
On Wall Street shares went up 2% to $20.10 and the value of the club to $3.3 BILLION. In the first half PSG had 82% possession, with 390 completed passes to United's 99. Paul Pogba suspended plus Matic, Lingard, Herrer, Martial, Sanchez and Mata injured with 17 year old Mason Greenwood a late substitute and a school day on his return on Thursday !!
Slovenian referee Damir Skomina had awarded a corner before he went to the VAR TV on the sidelines and looked at what the Italian VAR crew showed him... and then pointed to the spot. Rashford wasn't even borne when Buffon played his first Champions League match !!!
What a photo outside the dressing rooms with Eric Cantona, Sir Alex Ferguson and Solskjaer. MAN UTD DNA !
Gary Neville in a post match interview asked his former team mate Ole," What is your price..and where do you want the statue !! "