Last night, in the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer got the sweetest revenge.
Needing to mount something akin to a miraculous comeback to reach the last eight of the Champions League, Solksjaer went head-to-head with the only side that inflicted a defeat upon his side since he took over from the axed Jose Mourinho, Paris Saint-Germain.
With a squad decimated by injury and with his talisman, Paul Pogba, out suspended United’s resources were stretched to such an extent that Solksjaer was forced to select five teenagers to fill the seven places on the substitutes bench.
The rest, as they say, is history, with Manchester United progressing courtesy of a heart-stopping VAR penalty decision, in stoppage time.
With revenge his, the Norwegian was ebullient after the game when talking to the media and as reported by the good folk of the BBC, remarking about United’s continued success in this famous competition:
“We can go all the way.
“Of course, we fancy ourselves, but we just have to wait for the draw and then take the game as it comes.”
“It’s a typical Manchester United night. We had a game-plan and the belief in the boys was what we hoped for. Everyone shares a huge pride.
“The players were really great. They were focused, they listened to all the instructions like in training, and on the pitch, they knew that we had to defend well. There was a lot of quality.”
They certainly did, they got the early goal then recovered from the setback of seeing Paris Saint-Germain equalise and then, as Solksjaer hoped for, were still in with a shout as the game entered its final stages.
Now with a place in the quarter-finals secure, we wait to see who the draw pairs us with when it is held on Friday 15th March.
Anyone fancy a pop at another English club, or would you prefer a European tie?
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