Manchester United’s agonising defeat to Paris Saint-Germain has blown their Champions League group wide open.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men just needed a point against the French champions to secure their progression through to the knockout stages, but Group H is now finely poised after a game decided by fine margins.
A point looked inevitable at one stage with United dominating a large period of the second-half.
But Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani missed great opportunities while Solskjaer’s side were in the ascendancy and they were punished in a disastrous 60-second spell.
PSG took the lead as Marquinhos poked in from a corner, and Fred was sent off just moments later as United’s misery was compounded.
The series of events could prove decisive in United’s 2020/21 Champions League campaign.
But United’s fate still remains in their own hands as they top the group heading into next week’s final game away to RB Leipzig.
Qualification is guaranteed with an away victory against Julian Nagelsmann’s men who dramatically beat Istanbul Basaksehir 4-3 earlier this evening.
The Reds also qualify with a point, but cannot set up overly cautious against a Leipzig side who need three points to go through.
United’s emphatic victory over Leipzig at home gives them the head-to-head advantage, but the job is far from done.
PSG, meanwhile, can ensure qualification with victory over Istnabul Basaksehir.
See the state Group H below, via BT Sport:
Group H is so tight 😬
Man Utd's trip to Leipzig in match-day six has suddenly become huge… pic.twitter.com/6yOWcWllpL
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