Cesc Fabregas, Monaco star, has defended tactics employed by Manchester United in their Champions League dramatic victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, March 6.
The Premier League side staged a buoyant performance that saw them overturn PSG’s 2-0 goal advantage to qualify for the competition’s quarter finals.
Unlike his past matches, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, instructed his wards to play defensively and capitalise on goalscoring chances.
The tactical plan worked out perfectly as Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace in the first half of the encounter that was dominated by the home side.
Marcus Rashford went on to score the Red Devils’ winner at stoppage time to send his side to the next stage.
A section of fans and pundits took to social media to criticise Solskjaer’s approach to the game, with former Arsenal star Julio Baptista warning United could be bundled out of the competition if they do not adopt a different style.
“Manchester United have got to the next round without merit, they just played and defended the whole game, counting on luck to beat PSG,“ the Brazilian tweeted.
“As good as they are, Manchester United cannot afford play like that if they want to win the Champions League,” he added.
But Fabregas hit back at his former teammate, observing that the Old Trafford outfit was plagued with injuries and had to employ different tactics.
“Each team plays to their strengths and United had at least eight of their top players out,” Fabregas responded. “Have they been lucky? Yes. But they deserve respect for fighting and believing until the end,” he added.
However, Continentour.com.ng had earlier reported that Jesse Lingard took Man United’s Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain to another level in honour of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The injured striker hilariously placed a photo of the interim boss on his phone on top of his Bentley steering wheel, playing the ‘Ole at the wheel‘ song.
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