And the decisive goal three minutes before the end of normal playing time must torment the fans of the Red Devils doubly. Firstly, in Group A, two rounds before the end, he pushed the famous football brand to the last place and significantly complicated the fight for promotion from the group for the English team. And secondly, the name of its author on the Rooney shirt must have evoked Wayne Rooney, the best goalscorer in the history of Manchester United, and thus reminded them of a much more glorious time in which he set many records for him.
But Roony arranged an unwanted maximum. The Red Devils lost for the ninth time out of seventeen games this season, the last time this happened fifty years ago, when they were relegated in the 1973-1974 season. And in the Champions League, they fell for the first time ever in a duel in which they led by two goals.
The guests entered the match in the Danish capital in a famous way, leading 2:0 after half an hour of play. Both goals were scored by Rasmus Höjlund, a former Copenhagen player who was living a fairytale at that moment.
“We played very well in the first half until we were sent off,” Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag said of the red card shown to Rashford in the 42nd minute for a sharp foul on Jelert following VAR intervention. “The red card changed everything, then it became a completely different game,” said Ten Hag.
“It’s a cruel decision. The review was over, he went to get the balloon, then made his way to the screen. I think the referee wasn’t sure. In this season, a lot of questionable situations are evaluated against us, it’s not just this evening. That’s it. But the season is long and one day things will turn around for us as well,” said Ten Hag. Rashford saw only his second red card in 374 appearances for United in all competitions.
Copenhagen equalized thanks to a handball penalty before the end of the first half, which the referees set for a long thirteen minutes due to several long interruptions in the game due to the treatment of one of the fans or the invasion of a rioter on the field with a Palestinian flag.
However, the visitors got back in the lead thanks to a penalty also awarded for handball. However, in the 83rd minute, Lerager equalized and four minutes later he completed the turnaround in Roona Bardghji’s crazy match. At the age of 17 years and 358 days, he is Manchester United’s youngest goalscorer in the Champions League.
“I also saw a lot of positive things, but unfortunately we lost our concentration at the end. It is difficult to play with only ten men. But even in the weakened state, we still managed to control the game. It’s a huge disappointment. We fought tenaciously, we played so well, but we are without a point,” lamented Ten Haga.