Fred and Paredes, those two old buddies, contest a shuddering challenge in midfield. Paredes goes down and Orsato has a card out but the PSG man is booked. He was probably the later into that one but Fred is walking a tightrope now. He shouldn’t be on the pitch as it is.
PSG respond with a couple of corners. Their level had dropped for 10 minutes and they were punished. More of what they began with and they’d probably still back themselves, but United currently have the point they need.
PSG’s early vim and fluidity has certainly died down a little. United are getting among them much more quickly, without really looking like scoring themselves.
Replays showed Fred clearly pushed his head into Paredes, and if you remember Nicolas Pepe’s red card for Arsenal at Leeds it was a clearer red card than that one. But the referee, Daniele Orsato, runs back from looking at the monitor and only books him! That is bizarre, I must say. United and Fred have got away with one there, a red card seemed inevitable as soon as Orsato went over to check and as soon as we saw replays.
Just before the goal, Patrick Treacy wrote in. “I see a tough result here for United. Martial won’t offer much protection down his side – puts a lot on Fred and McTominay who’ll have a lot of precise work to get through.”
Meanwhile United get their first real look at goal, Navas gathering a pea roller from Rashford. Mbappe just overcooks a lay-off that would have put Kean through on goal, after a rapier break led by him and Neymar. Then De Gea grabs onto an acrobatic Neymar volley from the edge of the box. PSG look so threatening.
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