Marcus Rashford reveals what went through his head before dumping PSG out of Europe

It was a night to remember for Manchester United who evoked the spirit of old to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg at Old Trafford to defeat high-favoured Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc des Princes to secure a 3-3 aggregate scoreline and reach the last eight of this season’s UEFA Champions League by virtue of away goals. Qualification came in the most dramatic fashion as Marcus Rashford scored a penalty deep in stoppage time to dump the French side out of the competition.

No team had ever reached the next stage of the UEFA Champions League after losing the first leg at home 2-0 but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made his biggest claim yet for the Manchester United job on a permanent basis as his injury ravaged side soaked in all the pressure from PSG to come away with the win which was earned in the 94th minute by man-of-the-match, Rashford, who drove his spot kick high into Gianluigi Buffon’s net.

The England international also had a hand in United’s second goal as his strike from 30 yards out was spilled by PSG’s veteran goalkeeper into the path of an in-form Romelu Lukaku to score. The goal was the Belgium international’s second of the night and his sixth in the last three matches. Afterwards, Rashford revealed what was going on in his head when he stepped up under intense pressure to take that stoppage time penalty.

“I just tried to keep a cool head. It’s the sort of thing you practice every day, I wanted to take it,” Rashford revealed. The striker, who scored his second Champions League goal of the season with the late penalty in Paris, added: “The wait before was the hardest thing, but we live for those sort of moments, and we were smiling after.”

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The wait Rashford referred to was the Video Assistant Referee review to ascertain if PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe could have been deemed to have handled a ball in from United substitute, Diogo Dalot, with the referee eventually pointing to the spot and leaving Rashford with the job of sending the runaway Ligue 1 leaders crashing out of Europe in the round of 16 stage for the third successive season.

PSG is no stranger to capitulating this way, either, having wasted a 4-0 first leg advantage to fall 6-5 on aggregate to Barcelona following a shocking display in a 6-1 loss to the La Liga side at the Nou Camp two seasons ago.