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Solskjaer makes claim for permanent role with stunning Manchester United miracle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has surely ensured himself of a permanent role at Manchester United, after managing to take a very young, and depleted United side, and beat one of the richest clubs in the world, Paris Saint-Germain, to go through to the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League.

Manchester United managed to overturn a huge deficit, after being two-nil down at home in the first-leg, beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc de Princes, going through on away goals in the process, after a last-minute penalty scored by Marcus Rashford.

Whilst the headlines were stolen by the controversial decision to award a penalty in the final few minutes in the match, even after consulting VAR, Manchester United defended admirably, and considering the amount of first-team players unavailable, they managed to get one of the best results in the club's history.

The stunning comeback is thought to be by many Manchester United fans as the greatest UEFA Champions League match since the 1999 final win, even being preferred to the final win in 2008, purely because of the situation and injuries surrounding the match.

In a post-match press conference, Solskjaer stated that scoring goals in the final few minutes and battling hard for comeback is "how we do things at Man United". The team-spirit and positive mentality is evident throughout the whole team, with plenty of players, whether in the matchday squad, or injured, all showed signs of pure passion at the result. Despite all of the drama at the end, Luke Shaw stated they did not feel any pressure, and that he "felt that we were calm, and that they were going to feel the pressure".

Whilst United were under constant threat from PSG, the French side's relentless ventures forward repeatedly left space for Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford to run into, and eventually, in the final few minutes, Diogo Dalot exposed that space, with his shot from long-range being handled in the box by Presnel Kimpembe. At first it did seem like a very harsh decision, but considering that Kimpembe should have been sent-off in the first-leg, one could say that it was just karma evening things out at the end.

Solskjaer's reign at Manchester United has been marked by plenty of record-breaking moments. First of all, after this win, United became the only side to have ever managed to overturn a two-goal deficit at home.

Secondly, Solskjaer has also managed a 100% record away from home, winning all of the matches put in front of him, winning nine consecutive away matches in the process. To put this into perspective, the last time that United failed to win an away game was Jose Mourinho's final match in charge, when United lost 3-1 to Liverpool. Therefore, this breaks the record set by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson in 2002, who consequently had Solskjaer in his team.

Solskjaer has also kept the United fundamentals in mind, playing plenty of youth players repeatedly, with the latest one to make his debut being the highly-rated Mason Greenwood, who came on for a cameo late on against PSG.

The question is, will Solskjaer be leading Manchester United to future success? The signing of a contract looks to be inevitable, and with him in charge, the chants of "Ole's at the wheel" will ring louder than ever before at Old Trafford by the Manchester United faithful.


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