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Manchester United return to the scene of their thrilling 3-1 win, but PSG have since left Ole behind

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest achievement at Manchester United on Tuesday … but PSG have left him behind since that dramatic 3-1 win

  • Manchester United travels to PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday
  • They return to the scene for their thrilling 3-1 knockout win in 2019
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked where he wanted a statue that night after the victory
  • However, it remains his best night at United and since then PSG has left him behind

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest triumph, no closer to having a statue built in his honor, as promised by Gary Neville.

Neville’s excited response to Manchester United’s dramatic Champions League triumph against PSG last year was to ask Solskjaer live on television, ‘How long would you like to be on your contract, what would your salary be and where would you want the statue? to have?’

It followed a remarkable 3-1 win in Paris that not only eliminated a 2-0 deficit in the first leg to advance United into the quarter-finals, but also secured Solskjaer’s promotion from interim to permanent manager.

Manchester United are returning to the scene of their thrilling 3-1 Champions League victory over PSG

Manchester United are returning to the scene of their thrilling 3-1 Champions League victory over PSG

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was new to the job but still represents his best night as a manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was new to the job but still represents his best night as a manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was new to the job but still represents his best night as a manager

The fact that United scored their decisive goal in extra time from a debatable Marcus Rashford penalty only added to the feeling that everything would be fine with Ole at the wheel. And yet it will be a huge disappointment to United fans that they return to the French capital for the opening game of this season’s Champions League group, having been less developed than PSG in the intervening 19 months.

United have since made only four major purchases in the three transfer periods – Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek – although free agent Edinson Cavani could make his United debut against his former club on Tuesday.

It was a result that Gary Neville was promoted to ask Solskjaer where he would like his statue built

It was a result that Gary Neville was promoted to ask Solskjaer where he would like his statue built

It was a result that Gary Neville was promoted to ask Solskjaer where he would like his statue built

Meanwhile, PSG made it to last season’s Champions League final after churning out some of the collapsed players against United.

Since that fateful night, when Presnel Kimpembe was harshly penalized for handball, they have added Mauro Icardi, Sergio Rico, Idrissa Gueye, former United midfielder Ander Herrera, Alessandro Florenzi, Danilo Pereira, Rafinha and Moise Kean to incumbent stars Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Marco Verratti.

Solskjaer would have liked a similar reinforcement process, but attempts to sign Jadon Sancho over the summer proved fruitless. Cavani, 33, will bring experience, but he hasn’t played the ball since March. Herrera, who played 189 times for United and was a fan favorite before leaving for PSG in the summer of 2019, has some interesting things to say about the two clubs he knows so well.

‘Since I came here at PSG, I have seen that I am with a club that only and exclusively thinks about football. And I say it sincerely because sometimes PSG can have a glamorous side from the outside that can annoy some, ‘he said.

PSG have since strengthened their staff in many ways, while United got stuck

PSG have since strengthened their staff in many ways, while United got stuck

PSG have since strengthened their staff in many ways, while United got stuck

‘In Manchester there were times when I felt that football was not considered the most important thing. I don’t want to compare, all I know is that here I feel like I’m breathing football from all sides and I like that. ‘

Solskjaer has worked hard to change the culture at United since Herrera left, so that dedication to the game and the club’s traditions are paramount.

But they have their longest trophy-less streak since Fergie’s early years, and Solskjaer needs silverware this season.

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