Fred Stopped Leandro Paredes From Getting In The Head Of Marcus Rashford Ahead Of 94th Minute Penalty
Not only did Manchester United's Fred step up to the mark with his best performance for the club in the stunning Champions League round of 16 win over PSG, he also helped out Marcus Rashford big-time when the United No.10 was preparing to take the 94th minute penalty that sent United through.
With the score 3-2 on aggregate in PSG's favour, itt didn't look like it was going to happen for United but then out of nowhere in stoppage time, Damir Skomina referred to VAR and deemed Diogo Dalot's strike to have been deliberately handled by Presnel Kimpembe in what was a seriously contentious call.
Marcus Rashford immediately grabbed the ball but Leandro Paredes tried his best to put the England international off by making his way to the penalty spot and gesturing behind the referee's back.
Fred coming to push the PSG players away so that Rashford has a clean mind before the penalty shows what it means to him. pic.twitter.com/MweOGJEdJA
- Shiven Mohindra (@LWOSShiven) March 7, 2019
Standing up for his teammates :muscle:https://t.co/zJUmUr7KaL
- JohnSmith1988 (@Smith1988John) March 7, 2019
However, Fred rushed over to him and shoved him out of the way, causing a bit of a scuffle that saw Romelu Lukaku get involved and prompt the PSG players to disperse.
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Rashford, after a bit of a delay, made no mistake from 12 yards wallopping the ball into the top bins and sparked some serious limbs in that United away end.
THE UNTHINKABLE HAS HAPPENED!
Marcus Rashford converts from the spot after VAR awards the visitors a late, late penalty!
Man Utd are through, PSG are out. Unbelievable! :scream: pic.twitter.com/03NMqxQUj6
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 6, 2019
But don't discount the role Fred played in ensuring Rashford had a clear mind for his first ever penalty in a United shirt. Those extra few seconds, as well as some shouting from Paredes, could have had a huge impact on how he approached the penalty.
Gianluigi Buffon, one of the greatest goalkeepers in football history, guessed right but could not handle the combination of power and placement.
After the game, Solskjaer praised Rashford for his bravery in assuming penalty-taking duties.
"Rashford, he's 21! No nerves whatsoever." he told BT Sport. "This club, this is what we do. That's just Man Utd."