Solskjaer praises ‘nerveless’ penalty hero Rashford 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Marcus Rashford for keeping his cool to score a late penalty and seal Manchester United’s spot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Red Devils completed a remarkable comeback victory at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night by coming back from a 2-0 first-leg aggregate deficit to win their last-16 tie on away goals after finishing 3-3.

Romelu Lukaku’s first-half double had put United within a goal of drawing level with PSG, who had Juan Bernat to thank for keeping them in front.

In the 94th-minute, however, the Ligue 1 champions were handed a massive blow when the referee awarded United a penalty after Presnel Kimpembe handled Diogo Dalot’s shot in the area.

With Paul Pogba suspended, Rashford was called up to take the decisive spot-kick in the dying moments that would determine United’s Champions League fate.

And the 21-year-old kept his composure with an ice-cool penalty to send the Red Devils into the next round.

“I was in the Champions League with Molde and we got a penalty in the last minute against Basel, but my player missed and we went out,” Caretaker boss Solskjaer told BT Sport.

“So this time … normally Paul [Pogba] takes the penalties, but this time Rashford took it, he’s only 21 and nerveless. Him and Rom were fantastic tonight.

“Real Madrid and Ajax was our team-talk. We always know it’s possible, and this club, it’s what we do, that’s Man United! I haven’t seen the penalty, the referee had a big call to make.

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“My staff say he made himself bigger and it was a clear penalty.

“He’s fearless. I wasn’t sure he was going to score. But Rashford and Rom were on penalties, and Rashford slotted it in brilliantly.”

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