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.
“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.”
"Rashford, he's 21! No nerves whatsoever."
"This club, this is what we do. That's just Man Utd."
A proud and delighted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reflects on an incredible night 🇾🇪
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 6, 2019