Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails players after win over PSG

Axel Tuanzebe impresses at the back in Paris after 10 months out

Axel Tuanzebe wins the ball from Kylian Mbappe during Manchester United’s win over PSG. Photograph: PA

Axel Tuanzebe wins the ball from Kylian Mbappe during Manchester United’s win over PSG. Photograph: PA

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjær was delighted after Manchester United beat a “fantastic” Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in their opening Champions League group game, with Marcus Rashford again scoring a late winner against the French champions.

The manager praised an all-round team performance in which Scott McTominay played much of the first half without one of his contact lenses, Axel Tuanzebe defended admirably after 10 months out, and Bruno Fernandes scored when retaking a penalty, after his first attempt was saved.

Solskjær said of United’s stand-in captain: “I’m not surprised – you know he has great character and after the Newcastle one [he missed on Saturday] and this I was sure he would want to take it again.”

Fernandes’s opener came on 23 minutes and while Anthony Martial’s second-half own goal levelled the Group H match, Rashford’s strike in the 83rd minute clinched victory having scored the penalty that knocked PSG out of the last 16 when the sides last met at Parc des Princes in 2019.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer congratulates Fred following Man United’s win at the Parc des Princes. Photograph: PA
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer congratulates Fred following Man United’s win at the Parc des Princes. Photograph: PA

Solskjær said: “We won against one of the best teams in the world – a fantastic one. Victor [Lindelof]and Axel played tremendous. It’s a better performance this time than last even though last time we won 3-1. The performance showed we had developed. Scott [McTominay]and Fred were outstanding. Scotty played the first half with only one eye – that was the most impressive thing because he lost his contact lens.”

Of Rashford’s composure to score the winner Solskjær said: “He’s got quality and took his goal very well, a great turn and a good finish in the corner.”

The victory follows the 4-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday, meaning United have responded to the 6-1 humiliation by Tottenham with two impressive performances. Solskjær is now looking forward to Chelsea’s visit on Saturday. “When you win games and perform well you get confidence. We’re going to go into that game confident. I’m looking forward to the next few months.”

The win came without the injured Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood and with Paul Pogba demoted to the bench. “We have shown we have a good squad,” Solskjær said. - Guardian

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.