What PSG Manager Thomas Tuchel Said About United’s Tactics

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Manchester United did the unthinkable by eliminating PSG from the Champions League with their 3-1 victory in Paris. The Red Devils secured the tie by taking advantage of the away goals they scored, despite the aggregate scoreline staying 3-3.

The Red Devils showed real intent for much of the game, and their mental prowess, the unwavering philosophy and raw passion that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instilled into them ensured that victory would be theirs with ease.

At the end of the night, the quarter-finals are now a firm reality, and the world is reminded of what Manchester United are capable of. One man, however, is far from convinced.

Speaking after the game (via RMC Sport), PSG boss Thomas Tuchel couldn’t fathom how United won the fixture: “After the second goal, we controlled the match, we played with a lot of quality. We react well to the first goal we gave them.


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We had a lot of chances but we did not score the second, or the third. Aside from that, with not even a chance, with not even anything they get a second goal. The second goal turned the match completely in our heads.”

Tuchel went on to draw parallels with another fixture from earlier in the season: “In the second half, they didn’t have a single chance. I have the same feeling now as I did after our defeat to Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue, it was impossible to lose and we lost with three penalties.

“Today, I never had the impression that Manchester United wanted to win here. We lost but we controlled the whole game. They won, congratulations to them, but I have no explanation as to how they won.”

One does wonder whether the German boss was viewing a different game entirely. Though sloppy at times, what United maintained was an intent to win, and on most days, that’s more than enough, for as Solskjaer put it after the game: “It’s the United way.”