Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

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Ander Herrera missing Manchester United fans as he reacts to PSG’s win

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Ander Herrera said it was ‘special’ to return to Old Trafford with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last night.

The former Manchester United midfielder was part of the PSG side which recorded a 3-1 win to leave Group H wide open going into the final round of fixtures.

Two goals from Neymar and one from Marquinhos cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s deflected strike as Thomas Tuchel’s team secured a vital win.

The game was notable for Fred’s red card and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision not to substitute him, but the game held a different significance for Herrera, who played for United between 2014 and 2019 before joining PSG.

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“It has been so special to come back to Manchester, so many great memories in this stadium, I wish this moment could have been with the fans I shared 5 years with,” he tweeted.

The behaviour of PSG’s players was criticised by some, who claimed that the visitors over exaggerated contact to try and get United players carded.

It was Herrera who was on the receiving end of the second-half tackle which saw Fred receive a second yellow card, but Solskjaer defended the former United man, saying it was ‘unfair’ to suggest that the Spaniard had provoked him.

Fred could well have been sent off in the first half, but referee Daniele Orsato only brandished a yellow card after the Brazilian pushed his head into Leandro Paredes.

Herrera said that on the balance of play his side were worthy of the win, which sees them draw level with United and RB Leipzig on nine points ahead of the final group game next week.

“We started very well and played a very good opening 25 minutes,” he said post-match. “We could have scored more goals, then we lost control a little and they scored with a bit of luck.

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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.

Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 down at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.

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“We have to be honest: they had some huge chances at the start of the second half. It could perhaps have been completely different if they had scored, but we have players who can kill a match.

“We put in a huge performance. In terms of energy and attitude, I’m proud of my team. We have to respect İstanbul Basaksehir [next Tuesday]. We want to win and finish top.”

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