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Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer conjure another Champions League Miracle in Paris at PSG on Tuesday?

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It’s up there with the greatest European triumphs in Manchester United’s history. The Miracle in Paris. 

The night Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team came back to beat PSG and convince the Old Trafford board to give their caretaker boss the job full-time.

On March 6, 2019, United became the first team ever to go through in a Champions League tie after losing the first leg by two goals at home. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got good memories of the last time his Manchester United faced PSG

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got good memories of the last time his Manchester United faced PSG

Marcus Rashford scored the winner as United turned around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg

Marcus Rashford scored the winner as United turned around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg 

As United face PSG again in the Champions League on Tuesday, Solskjaer will hope for similar

As United face PSG again in the Champions League on Tuesday, Solskjaer will hope for similar 

A side hit by injury and suspension were written off before the return at Parc des Princes, which Solskjaer seized on pre-match. 

‘If you listen to everything, we’ve already lost and we haven’t even kicked a ball yet,’ he told the players. ‘Block it out. It’s all about belief. We’re going to score the first goal — it’s a case of when not if.’

He was right. Romelu Lukaku struck in the second minute and although Juan Bernat equalised, Lukaku restored United’s lead before half-time.

‘Both teams will have an opportunity to win this game,’ said Solskjaer at the break. ‘When ours comes, stay calm.’

Romelu Lukaku double was crucial to put United back ahead after also scoring two minutes in

Romelu Lukaku double was crucial to put United back ahead after also scoring two minutes in

Neymar (centre) was ruled-out for the game and lost his cool in the tunnel after the whistle

Neymar (centre) was ruled-out for the game and lost his cool in the tunnel after the whistle 

The Parisians will not have forgotten their collapse and will be back for revenge this year

The Parisians will not have forgotten their collapse and will be back for revenge this year  

Marcus Rashford did just that, converting a penalty four minutes into added time to send United into the quarter-finals on away goals after Diogo Dalot’s long-range shot hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm.

In the chaos that followed, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel screamed at United staff who were trying to tell him Solskjaer wanted to shake hands. 

Neymar, who missed the game through injury, abused the Slovenian match officials in the tunnel area and was later banned by UEFA for posting a message on social media telling them to ‘Go **** yourselves!’

Sir Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona turned up in the United dressing room and joined in the songs of celebration.

PSG’s angry fans marched on the training ground and threw firecrackers. As the teams meet in Paris again, they will not have forgotten.

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