If you were in any doubt as to how much Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Paris-St Germain meant to the club, the image of three club legends celebrating in the dressing room tells you all you need to know.
Eric Cantona, Sir Alex Ferguson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, three men who have earned their place in the United history books, toasted a memorable night at Parc des Princes.
It was a victory that echoed of a night in Barcelona 20 years ago, when, with Ferguson at the United helm, Solskjaer scored one of the club’s most famous goals in injury time to beat Bayern Munich in the final.
Almost two decades later, Solskjaer is caretaker manager at Old Trafford and his charges rolled back the years as Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty capped a remarkable turnaround as United reached the quarter-finals at the expense of shell-shocked PSG.
“That’s the Champions League, it’s what it does,” said Solskjaer. “It’s this club, it’s what we do, that’s Manchester United.”
Frenchman Cantona who helped United win four league titles and two FA Cups during the 1990s, added: “I love it. I’m so happy.”
Two Romelu Lukaku goals and Rashford’s 94th-minute spot-kick meant United became the first club in the competition’s history to overturn a 2-0 or greater first-leg home deficit.
BBC Radio 5 Live football correspondent John Murray said it was “one of the great results by any English club in the Champions League”.
“This will very much go on to the list of great comebacks.”