Steven Gerrard has admitted it would have been an “injustice” had Manchester United been knocked out of the Champions League.
The Red Devils beat PSG 3-1 in Paris to become the first team in Champions League history to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and progress to the next round.
How did United’s Parisian miracle unfold? Five key things to know…
- Man Utd lost the first leg of their Champions League tie with PSG 2-0 at Old Trafford.
- No side had ever overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to qualify in the Champions League.
- However, the Red Devils ran out 3-1 winners in Paris, thanks to a late Rashford penalty awarded by VAR.
- Despite feeling Kimpembe was unlucky to concede the penalty, Steven Gerrard believes justice was done.
- United have lost just one of their 17 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United went through thanks to a late Marcus Rashford penalty after a VAR review found Presnel Kimpembe guilty of handball in the penalty area, and although Gerrard feels the French defender was unlucky, he insisted the right decision was made.
“I think VAR gets a lot more things right and accurate which is great for the game,” said Gerrard, who made 710 appearances for United’s arch-rivals, Liverpool, during his playing days.
“It’s not nice when you’re on the wrong side of things like PSG last night. When I actually saw it myself, I’m thinking the PSG defender has been very hard done by, it’s harsh on PSG.
“But if you look at the rules it’s the right decision.
“That’s the reason why VAR is so important. Without it, Man United would have been out the cup.”
Gerrard then smiled and added: “It would have been nice from a Liverpool fans’ point of view but it would have been an injustice.”
Solskjaer “certain” to get United job, according to Shaw
United’s win against PSG was their 14th under Solskjaer’s caretaker reign, ensuring they have now lost just one of his 17 games in charge so far.
And Red Devils left-back, Luke Shaw, believes the Norwegian is “certain” to get the job on a permanent basis, claiming he has the “love” of the United players.
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“I don’t think I need to say much after all these results, it looks certain,” Shaw said.
“We all love Ole and we love the job he’s done so far. We’re enjoying everything that’s going on at the moment and the results have shown that.
“We’ve had a couple of blips but that’s nine away matches (won in a row) now, they’re not easy games, but it shows what sort of job Ole and his staff have done.
“Long may that continue.”
Man Utd face top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.