Manchester United analysts were heard shouting words of encouragement to Marcus Rashford during their 3-1 Champions League defeat to PSG, reports say. The England international struck against the Ligue 1 giants for the third game in a row. But he couldn’t prevent his side from falling to defeat.
United headed into the match against PSG knowing a point would be enough for them to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
But things got off to a nightmare start, with Neymar opening the scoring in the sixth minute with a powerful strike that beat David De Gea from a tight angle.
United then levelled through Rashford but it wasn’t enough, with further goals from Marquinhos and Neymar consigning them to defeat.
Fred also saw red on an eventful night at Old Trafford.
And The Athletic say United analysts were present for the match under the lights at the Theatre of Dreams – and were heard imploring Rashford to ‘hit it’ at one point.
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Paul Pogba was said to be vocal on the touchline, with the France international calling for Leonardo Paredes to be booked for a challenge on Fred.
And there was apparently a sole fan in the directors box who tried to install some atmosphere into the game, with supporters still not allowed in due to the fact Manchester is a tier 3 area.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt the game deserved fans present, saying after the match: “It was a very good game which deserved fans.
“With a bit more clinical finishing we should have finished the game. They were there for the taking [at one stage].
“We had some big chances. The difference when you get to the big games is the clinical moments.
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“If Marquinhos had bigger studs on he’d have been offside. It’s marginal. You can’t really put your finger on the deciding factors.”
United star Harry Maguire was disappointed after the defeat, with the England international telling BT Sport: “Disappointing night. We wanted to win the game, win the group. Football is a game of fine margins.
“We had better chances. Their two goals are scrappy goals – richochet and pinball around the box. I feel we deserved something.
“You’ve got to take your chances and not give away soft goals.
“We’re still in control of going through to the knockout stages.”
On Fred’s red card, he added: “It’s strange how he gave a yellow card [in the first half].
“It’s either a red card or nothing. It’s not a yellow card [in the second half].
“He wins the ball. I was two yards away, the linesman was five yards. Everytime you go to the floor – especially in Europe – you get a booking.”
United are next in action against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday night (5.30pm).
The Red Devils lost 2-0 in the same fixture at the London Stadium last term and will be out to avoid another setback as they look to win a first league title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
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