Manchester United beat PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night to make the quarter-finals of the competition against all odds.
The Red Devils looked to be heading out after losing the first leg 2-0 at home. But, on a sensational evening at the Parc des Princes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side somehow prevailed.
Romelu Lukaku scored a brilliant brace for United, either side of a goal from Juan Bernat. Marcus Rashford was the match winner late on, though, with a winning penalty.
The game could be bad news for four players, though. New heroes were made – and that may come at a cost.
Alexis Sanchez must surely be finished as a Manchester United player.
When even the club’s second-string side perform just as good as the first – without their highest-earner involved – then alarm bells are ringing.
It is hard to see where Sanchez fits in. When everybody is fit, Jesse Lingard, Rashford and Anthony Martial appear the club’s preferred attacking trident.
But then there’s Lukaku. Now, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood. The latter certainly did himself no damage with a fine, mature cameo against PSG.
So Sanchez can be forgiven for fearing for his Old Trafford future – if he wasn’t already.
Another player forgiven for being fearful over his time at United is Juan Mata.
There is no denying that, against Premier League fodder, the Spain international has the potential to dictate contests with a wave of his magical left boot.
But, with less than six months remaining on his contract, United may not renew.
Again, their attacking options are well-stocked. Lingard, Rashford, Chong, Lukaku, Martual and Greenwood all have pace and power.
But Mata, despite being a fine player, does not.
Gareth Bale and Jadon Sancho
Both Gareth Bale and Jadon Sancho have been linked with moves to United in recent times.
But the Red Devils’ current options are good enough – as shown with their victory over PSG at the Parc des Princes.
Bale, certainly, would not fit in. The Red Devils are a side capable of playing at speed but the Wales international, perhaps due to injuries, has lost some of it.
Sancho is a great player but Lukaku has emerged as a solution for the right-wing. His £75million price tag means United would be unlikely to let him go, no matter how good Sancho could one day become.
Solskjaer how has a problem. Do Sanchez and Mata stay? Does he sign Sancho or Bale? At the moment, it looks back for the quartet. But, with this United team, you just never know…