I made a post yesterday stating that Manchester United players must understand that beating PSG away from home doesn’t automatically translate to a win for them when the Parisiens come visiting, and this was eventually the case.
Thomas Tuchel and his men did themselves a lot of good and enhanced their chances of making it to the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League round of 16 by beating the Red Devils 3:1 at Old Trafford on Friday night.
The Red Devils have been far from impressive at Old Trafford this season as the venue is gradually becoming a successful hunting ground for sides who know what they are about on the field of play.
Yesterday’s result saw the Red Devils overtake an unwanted record as PSG got the win via a brace by Neymar and one goal by Marquinhos. The Red Devils’ only goal came from a Marcus Rashford shot that was deflected past Keylor Navas by Danilo.
The Red Devils have now lost more home games this season in just 8 games than they did in 28 games last season at Old Trafford. This was disclosed by stats by Opta Joe.
They’ve won just 1 Premier League game at home this season, having already lost 3:1 to Crystal Palace, and 6:1 to Tottenham Hotspur at the same venue.
Even a struggling Arsenal being led by Mikel Arteta grabbed all three points with a 1 nil win at Old Trafford when they clashed in the Premier League.
This is a cause for concern. A careful look at the PSG game will show that the same transpired when both sides clashed in the UEFA Champions League seasons ago. The only difference is that the scorelines were reversed this time.
Old Trafford is supposed to be a fortress where the Red Devils should be getting impossible results against Europe’s elite teams and not where any team can go and grab a result when they are in desperate need of it.
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can attest to how Old Trafford was a major fortress in his playing time under Sir Alex Ferguson. Therefore, the Norwegian boss has to find a way to make the ground a fortress this season.
He has received backlash for allowing Fred to continue the game even when it was clear that he could be red-carded. This eventually materialized after PSG went 2:1 ahead.
The Red Devils will face RB Leipzig in Germany in the final group game while PSG will host Istanbul Basaksehir in a game I can confidently say is as good as won.
The Red Devils must not lose to Julian Nagelsmann’s side to make it to the next stage of the competition.