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Manchester United 1-3 PSG: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, UEFA Champions League 3 Dec 2020

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Football fans were treated to another entertaining evening of UEFA Champions League action last night as clubs across the continent attempted to take another step towards qualifying for the knockout stage. One such example of that came at Old Trafford as Manchester United went toe to toe with Paris Siant-Germain, with the French champions managing to come away with all three points in an enthralling 3-1 win.

PSG have still got it

This season hasn’t gone entirely to plan thus far for PSG, but last night, pretty much everything seemed to click into place for them. Just a few months on from battling it out with Bayern Munich in the final, PSG were able to dig deep and really prove to the watching world why they’re still a team to be feared. That largely came courtesy of their attacking threat with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe proving why they’re still valued so highly.

Fred & Ole’s disasterclass

After Fred was able to get away with not being sent off for a headbutt in the first half, you would think he’d take it easy from that point on – but he didn’t. He wound up being given his marching orders for a second yellow card in the second half, with many asking the same question: why wasn’t he brought off at half time? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under a great deal of scrutiny but he doesn’t help himself when he makes such bizarre decisions such as this.

Final matchday showdown

Heading into the final matchday, the Group H table is as follows: PSG in 1st place with nine points, United in 2nd place with nine points, Leipzig in third place with nine points and Istanbul Basaksehir in fourth place with three points. Manchester United are priced at 8/1 to win the group with 888sport and it’s not hard to see why, because if they lose to Leipzig next week, they will slip into the UEFA Europa League whereas PSG and Leipzig will move on to the Round of 16. The stakes are high, and the odds are in PSG’s favour.

Match Report

Manchester United: de Gea (6.5), Telles (6.5), Maguire (6), Lindelof (6), Wan-Bissaka (7), Fred (3), McTominay (7), Martial (6.5), Fernandes (6.5), Rashford (7.5), Cavani (6.5), Greenwood (6), Ighalo (6), van de Beek (6), Pogba (6.5)

PSG: Navas (7), Florenzi (6.5), Marquinhos (8), Kimpembe (6.5), Diallo (7), Paredes (6), Pereira (7), Verratti (7), Mbappe (7), Kean (6), Neymar (9), Herrera (6.5), Gueye (6.5), Bakker (6.5), Kehrer (6), Rafinha (7)

Referee: Daniele Orsato

Goals: Rashford :: Neymar x2, Marquinhos

Yellow Cards: Fred x2, Paredes, Verratti

Red Cards: Fred

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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