Marcus Rashford has revealed Romelu Lukaku told him to take the penalty against Paris Saint Germain, which he duly scored to send Manchester United into the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.
After losing the first leg at Old Trafford 2-0, few expected United to reach the last eight by winning in Paris.
There were even fewer expectations when United were forced to travel to France with several key players missing due to injury.
But a first-half double by Lukaku gave the away side hope despite a goal from Juan Bernat.
Then after a cagey second half where PSG squandered several chances, United were handed a lifeline in stoppage time when Diogo Dalot’s long-range effort hit the outstretched arm of Presnel Kimpembe.
The referee initially signalled for a corner but was asked by his VAR officials to take another look at the incident with Kimpembe and he overruled his decision and awarded United a penalty.
Lukaku had taken penalties in the past for United but on this occasion, it was Rashford who stepped up and he lashed the ball home into the roof of the net.
And it gave United a 3-1 win on the night to seal their passage on away goals, sparking jubilant scenes.
With the coronavirus pandemic putting football on pause, Rashford has been active on social media and he spoke with three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray about that night in Paris.
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And the United forward opened up on the role Lukaku played in the moment.
He said: “The penalty was between me and Rom I think.
“But you know Rom is one of those guys who if, well in that particular game he’d scored two goals already, he could have taken it and got a hat-trick.
“But he’s the kind of guy that when you play in a strike partnership with him he wants you both to do well.
“And he just threw the ball to me and said you take it.
“Which of course I was willing to let him take it because it’s an opportunity for a hat-trick you know which is obviously a very good achievement.
“But he just said he wanted me to take it so that was when you just sort of prepare yourself for the moment and just try and relax.
“You know you think about the times that you’ve practised and you want your head to be focused.”
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