Andre Onana and Harry Maguire had been the unlikely heroes as Manchester United kickstarted their Champions League marketing campaign by beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 on the evening Bobby Charlton was remembered at Outdated Trafford. A lot-maligned centre-back Maguire headed in the one objective 18 minutes from time earlier than Onana saved Jordan Larsson’s penalty with the final kick of the sport. The English giants had misplaced their opening two Champions League group video games for the primary time within the membership’s historical past, however are again in competition for the final 16 because of a much-needed win.
Considered one of United’s best ever gamers, Charlton died on Saturday on the age of 86.
A shifting tribute was paid to the 1966 World Cup winner earlier than kick-off as United boss Erik ten Hag laid a wreath within the centre-circle earlier than a minute’s silence was noticed.
“It was meant to be,” Maguire instructed TNT Sports activities. “We had been meant to win the sport. An impressive save and a win devoted to Sir Bobby and his household.”
Ten Hag urged his gamers to be impressed by Charlton’s legacy after a troublesome begin to the season.
However the Dutchman was disheartened by one other insipid first-half efficiency.
The Danish champions had been inches away from getting in entrance after simply 5 minutes when Diogo Goncalves hit the publish.
The emotional environment round Outdated Trafford previous to kick-off rapidly turned to groans of frustration as the house facet laboured to create something of observe earlier than the break.
Onana proves his value
Onana was additionally required to show his value early within the second-half earlier than United awoke from their slumber.
The Cameroonian made high-profile errors in each United’s Champions League defeats to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray.
However the man who helped Inter Milan attain the ultimate of final season’s competitors confirmed why United splashed out 47 million kilos ($57 million) on him in July.
Onana’a primary essential save of the sport prevented Lukas Lerager’s shot discovering the highest nook.
Rasmus Hojlund didn’t shine towards his former membership, however did tee up Christian Eriksen for a robust low drive that former Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara did brilliantly to show behind.
Marcus Rashford’s insecurity in entrance of objective was additionally on present as a heavy contact when clear by wasted an enormous likelihood earlier than substitute Alejandro Garnacho did precisely the identical with simply Grabara to beat.
As an alternative Maguire bailed out his forwards to not less than guarantee Charlton’s farewell was marked with a victory.
The England worldwide had fallen method down the pecking order throughout Ten Hag’s first season in cost, however is taking advantage of a sequence of defensive accidents which have introduced him again into the fold.
Maguire simply stayed onside to fulfill Eriksen’s cross with a bullet header 18 minutes from time.
“When you’re not in your recreation it will get picked up, however I’m actually proud and happy how I’ve acted over