TEST: Manchester United defeated Paris Saint-Germain with two important tactical changes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has another addition to his precious scalp collection and this was his most impressive as a Manchester United manager. Just like United’s last Paris city break, there was support from the Video Assistant Referee and a late Marcus Rashford winner. Unlike 19 months ago, this was no coincidence.

There have been injuries but not in the double digits and Paris Saint-Germain should know more about them. Not on this evidence. United were tactically astute and adventurous against PSG, a shadow of the finalists who were ousted by Bayern Munich two months ago and who looked like yesterday’s pretenders.

Solskjaer defeated Thomas Tuchel with the pivotal lead from Paul Pogba that set off a momentum shift and the French touched Rashford to arrows past Keylor Navas. Rashford had spurned two presentable openings on the runaway, but converted half the chance to have the narky Neymar’s head lowered once more.

This, played in an eerie Parc des Princes, will not be remembered as fondly as Solskjaer’s landmark night as caretaker, and there were no Mancunians to shoot at in Rashford. However, United have shown maturity and prevented an alarming start to the season by getting PSG back on track.

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