Manchester United lost at home to PSG as they failed to secure a place in the Champions League the last 16 with a game to lose on Wednesday night 2 December 2020.
United entered the game at Old Trafford knowing that a draw would be enough to seal their move to the next phase of the competition with a game to spare, but goals from Neymar and Marquinhos ensured a well-deserved victory for the visitors who were lucky. still being in the game before Fred received a red card in controversial second-half circumstances.
United have made three changes from the squad that beat Southampton this weekend, with Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani for Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood.
Neymar opened the scoring in the first half as Man United coached by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer returned to the game and equalized when Marcus Rashford’s strike deflected past the wrong footed Keylor Navas.
Martial then missed an open chance after the half-time break before the crossbar denied Cavani a superb chip goal effort.
United’s failure to capitalize was sanctioned when Marquinhos scored after a corner that would have been ruled offside had Cavani followed his teammates to play offside.
Fred, one of United’s best players this season from his last 9 games, received a second yellow card in the second half and United couldn’t find a leveler until Neymar went 3-1 in the dying minutes Match.
The result means Manchester United face a tense night in Germany next week after failing to secure their passage to the Champions League final 16 against Paris Saint-Germain.
Solskjaer reacts to defeat after the match;
“It was a very good game which deserved fans,” he told BT Sport.
“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.
“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.”