FC Copenhagen 4 – 3 Manchester United (Nov-8-2023) Champions League Highlights
Manchester United’s Champions League hopes are in tatters after they twice threw away leads before 17-year-old Roony Bardghji’s late winner saw Erik ten Hag’s side slump to a 4-3 defeat in Copenhagen.
United are now bottom of Group A and, with Bayern Munich already guaranteed to finish top after beating Galatasaray on Wednesday, the Premier League side face a three-way battle with the Turkish outfit and Copenhagen for a place in the knockout stages.
A defeat in Istanbul against Galatasaray – a team they have never beaten away from home in the Champions League – on November 29 will see United exit at the group stage. Even if they win that game, United may also need a result against Bayern in their final group match to qualify.
It all started so well for United, who were 2-0 up after 28 minutes thanks to two close-range finishes from Rasmus Hojlund on his return to his former club.
But Marcus Rashford’s red card for a late tackle following a VAR review precipitated a collapse from United, who conceded goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves to find themselves level at half-time.
Bruno Fernandes put United back in front with a controversial penalty but United crumbled yet again, with Lukas Lerager scoring an equaliser in the 83rd minute before Bardghji announced himself to the world by scoring a dramatic winner four minutes later.