Full Time After Extra Time This is a live match. Extra Time Half Time

Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain. UEFA Champions League Group H.

Old TraffordAttendance638.

Manchester United 1

  • M Rashford (32nd minute)
  • Fred (sent off 70th minute)

Paris Saint-Germain 3

  • Neymar (6th minute, 91st minute)
  • Marquinhos (69th minute)

Manchester United 1-3 PSG: Neymar double dents United's qualification hopes as Fred sees red

Report as Group H is blown wide open and goes down to the final matchday; Neymar scores twice for PSG; Fred sent off for Man Utd, who need a point in final group match to qualify for Champions League knockout stages

Neymar's double downed Manchester United meaning their knock-out qualification hopes will go to the final game of the group stage next week
Image: Neymar's double downed Manchester United meaning their knock-out qualification hopes will go to the final game of the group stage next week

Manchester United’s qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League hangs in the balance after PSG won a lively encounter 3-1 as Fred was sent off.

Neymar struck first for the visitors (5) in a game they couldn't afford to lose in Group H before Fred escaped with only a yellow card when pushing his head aggressively into Leandro Paredes.

United equalised - fortunately - when Marcus Rashford's effort deflected off Abdou Diallo (32) and wrongfooted Keylor Navas.

With the game ebbing and flowing, Antony Martial missed from six yards out and Edinson Cavani struck the crossbar with an exquisite chip but it was PSG who edged in front when Marquinhos (69) bundled home from close range.

Fred, who committed four fouls in total, received his marching orders less than a minute after United fell behind for a second booking, although replays showed he did get the ball.

PSG made the extra man count in the closing stages when Neymar rubberstamped the victory (90), leaving United still needing a point from their final game in RB Leipzig to qualify for the last 16.

Player ratings

Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (6), Telles (6), McTominay (6), Fred (5), Rashford (7), Fernandes (6), Martial (4), Cavani (7)

Subs: Pogba (6), Greenwood (6), Ighalo (6)

PSG: Navas (7), Florenzi (7), Marquinhos (7), Diallo (7), Kimpembe (7), Verratti (7), Danilo (7), Paredes (7), Neymar (7), Mbappe (7), Kean (6)

Subs: Bakker (6), Herrera (7), Gueye (6)

Man of the match: Marcus Rashford

How Fred saw red and Neymar shone...

Neymar was kept quiet in the corresponding fixture between these two but was in no mood to be silenced at Old Trafford, opening the scoring inside six minutes.

Also See:

Thomas Tuchel's men went on a break that ended with Neymar firing home from an acute angle after reacting superbly to a blocked Kylian Mbappe strike.

United were perhaps fortunate not to be further behind after the first quarter of the match as Alessandro Florenzi took aim with a strike from distance, before Neymar tried an acrobatic effort that David de Gea took care of.

Frustrations were growing within the home camp and Fred looked set to be dismissed when Paredes fell to the deck clutching his face after Fred pushed his head into his.

The VAR informed the referee to check the monitor but the referee only showed a yellow card after watching the replay - a decision that Fred was lucky to get away with.

An equaliser didn't look like coming until Aaron Wan-Bissaka cut a ball back to Rashford, whose low strike cannoned off Danilo and flew into the PSG goal.

Fred's continued to walk the tightrope when he stepped on Paredes' foot in a challenge that led to the PSG midfielder being booked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided against withdrawing Fred at the break but United came out at full throttle and should have taken the game away from PSG.

Martial was guilty of ballooning an effort into the Stretford End after being found by Rashford, having linked up superbly with Cavani.

The former PSG man was showing his class and he went so close minutes later when he tried an exquisite chipped effort that left Navas stranded and came back off the bar. Bruno Fernandes cut the loose back to Martial but the strike was blocked.

PSG responded when Marquinhos met a cross with a header but it clipped the crossbar and then De Gea tipped a low effort from Mitchel Bakker around the post.

The game could have gone either way but it the French champions who edged ahead on 69 minutes.

Ander Herrera made an impact from the bench, hitting a wayward strike that Abdou Diallo turned across for Marquinhos to steer home. An offside VAR review was conducted but Aaron Wan-Bissaka was keeping the PSG skipper onside.

From the kick-off, Fred's touch let him down and he flew into a sliding challenge with Paredes that the referee deemed his final act of the night although he did get the ball with this particular one.

Substitute Paul Pogba went close with an outstanding strike and Fernandes' near-post header was saved as depleted United pushed, only to be caught cold at the end as Rafinha cut back for Neymar to turn home in stoppage time.

The result means the top three in Group H are all level on nine points heading into the final fixtures, with United knowing a point in Leipzig will see them reach the last 16.

Man of the match: Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford's deflected shot draws Manchester United level against PSG
Image: Star man: Marcus Rashford

PSG were happy to allow Rashford to play one-on-one up against full-back Abdou Diallo with Neymar not interested in his defensive duties - it wasn't a wise move as the England international was at his silky best, especially in the second period. His chemistry with Cavani will have been a very encouraging sight for all concerned with United, perfectly exampled by their swift interchange to provide Martial with a chance that all strikers at this level should be finishing.

What the manager said

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "It was a very good game of football which deserved fans. When you see the team sheets you think there might be goals in this game, because there's loads of attacking talent and I don't think anyone was disappointed. Chances for both teams.

"With a bit more clinical finishing we could have finished the game midway in the second half. In that period they were there for the taking.

"We had some big chances then, some big moments. That's the difference when you get to the big games: the clinical moments. You can say about the possession in the middle and which team dominates but games are always decided at either end."

Opta stats

  • Manchester United have now lost more of their eight home games in all competitions this season (4) than they did in 28 matches at Old Trafford last term (3).
  • Manchester United have lost four of their last seven UEFA Champions League home games (W3), as many as their previous 52 such matches beforehand.
  • Since his UEFA Champions League debut in 2013, only Cristiano Ronaldo (79), Robert Lewandowski (60) and Lionel Messi (59) have more goals in the competition than PSG's Neymar (38); tonight's were the Brazilian's first goals in his six Champions League matches away at English clubs.
  • Rashford has scored more goals in five UEFA Champions League games for Man Utd this season (6) than he managed in 18 appearances in the competition across his two previous seasons, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (5).

What's next?

United are back in action on Saturday with a trip to the London Stadium to play West Ham, live on Sky Sports. They then travel to Leipzig for their Champions League decider on Tuesday.

Win £250,000 for free with Super 6!

Win £250,000 for free with Super 6!

Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 in Saturday's Super 6 round. Play for free, entries by 3:00pm.

Win £250,000 for free with Super 6!

Win £250,000 for free with Super 6!

Do not miss your chance to land the £250,000 in Saturday's Super 6 round. Play for free, entries by 3:00pm.

Around Sky