Manchester United A 4-3 loss in the Champions League gave up a two-goal lead FC Copenhagen That turned out to be later on Wednesday Marcus Rashford The young United striker was shown a red card after a brace Rasmus Hjlund.
The defeat is a devastating blow to United’s hopes of qualifying for the last sixteen, with Erik ten Haag’s side fourth in Group A with two group games still to play. Second-placed Copenhagen is a point better.
United have two tough games to finish the group stage, at third-placed Galatasaray, who have four points, in November. 29 and at home to Bayern Munich, who won all four of their group matches to secure their place in the last 16, in December. 12.
Hjlund got United off to a blistering start to a rollercoaster first half, scoring his first goal just 171 seconds into the game. Scott McTominayPass from close range.
The 20-year-old scored again in the 28th minute against his former club Kamil Grabara Save sends the ball rolling practically at his feet.
The tide turned in the 42nd minute when Rashford was shown a red card for stepping on his ankle. Elias Gelert to protect the ball. Moments breathe new life into the house and Mohammad Ilyunusi Three minutes later one retreated.
United regained the lead when VAR awarded them a penalty for a handball Bruno Fernandes quietly transformed
However, they faltered in the last few minutes as they conceded two goals, in the 83rd minute when they Lucas Leger ran to meet Rasmus FalkIts cross and four minutes later when the 17-year-old as a substitute Rooney Bardjee Dismissed at home.
As the teams walked onto the pitch at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen fans unveiled a tifo that read “Your Theater of Nightmares”, a play on Old Trafford’s nickname the Theater of Dreams and an apt description on Wednesday.
United became the first team to score two goals, have a player sent off and concede a penalty in the first half of a Champions League match since Bayern Munich against Man City in November 2014.
The loss ruined a return to Copenhagen for Hjlund, who was born in the Danish capital and whose younger brothers Emil and Oskar both play for Copenhagen.