Thomas Tuchel admits frustration over Marcus Rashford’s ‘annoying’ habit of scoring winners against PSG… but he hopes it’ll be a different story at Old Trafford as his side take on Man United in crunch Champions League clash
- Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Wednesday
- Marcus Rashford has scored two winning goals against PSG in past two years
- Thomas Tuchel says Rashford’s tendency to score against PSG is ‘annoying’
- Tuchel is holding out hope he won’t score because the game isn’t in Paris
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has branded Marcus Rashford’s habit of scoring against his side as ‘annoying’.
Rashford has twice scored winning goals against PSG in the last two years.
In 2019, he capped a remarkable 3-1 comeback in Paris to send Manchester United through to the Champions League quarter-finals. He added to his tally in October this year when he netted an 87th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory, again in the French capital in the Group H opener.
Marcus Rashford has twice scored the winner against Paris Saint-Germain in the last two years
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel hopes Rashford won’t score a third against them on Wednesday
United host PSG at Old Trafford on Wednesday night knowing a point would secure them a place in this season’s knockout stages.
Tuchel, who is under pressure himself only three months after he led PSG to their first Champions League final, joked that Rashford may struggle given the fixture isn’t in France before praising the 23-year-old for his maturity on and off the pitch.
Rashford capped a 3-1 comeback in Paris in 2019 to knock PSG out of the Champions League
He said: ‘We value him very much when he plays in England and not Parc des Princes, honestly, because (him scoring against us) gets a little bit annoying.
‘The guy is a very young adult who takes his responsibility on and off the pitch very impressively.
‘I have met him as an opponent three times and every time I’ve met a calm and humble guy and a nice person, which is amazing. I like this mixture a lot.
‘For me personally, the sporting side is clear – he’s a big threat with his speed, with his ability to score, with his determination and his finishing.
Tuchel also praised Rashford for taking responsibility ‘on and off the pitch very impressively’
‘He’s very precise, taking shots inside and outside of the box. He is super rapid on counter-attacks and strong in the air with headers.
‘He’s had a big impact and it’s nice to see guys like him from the academy having such a big impact in a big, big club like United.’
Tuchel is also fearful of the impact Edinson Cavani could have. Cavani played under Tuchel at PSG for two years ahead of his move to United.
The PSG boss added: ‘I’m happy for him personally that he could show this to all Manchester United fans in the last game against Southampton, where he was absolutely decisive for them.
‘He does not need to show it tomorrow – we already know, so he can do a little pause! It’s not necessary to show us. If he plays, we must find answers for that.’