July 19, 2024
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UCL: Onana’s last-minute penalty save spares Manchester United’s blushes against Copenhagen

Andre Onana saved a penalty in added time to give Manchester United a priceless Champions League victory against Copenhagen.

On an emotional night that began with a lone piper walking out playing the United anthem ‘We’ll Never Die’ as Old Trafford paid its respects to Sir Bobby Charlton, United fans thought Harry Maguire’s first goal since February 2022 had given them the win they craved.

But with the allotted four minutes of added time played, Scott McTominay conceded a penalty by swinging a high boot dangerously near Mohamed Elyounoussi’s face.

But Onana, who has come in for criticism since his £47m summer move from Inter Milan, turned Jordan Larsson’s effort wide with what turned out to be the very last action of the game.

The victory breathed new life into a Champions League campaign that had started with successive defeats for Erik ten Hag’s side.

It was another night when United’s overall performance would not stand up to much scrutiny but, as on Saturday, the manner of the victory was secondary to the eventual outcome given the enormous legacy of the man they were trying to honour.

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