Marcus Rashford pays tribute to ‘selfless brother’ Romelu Lukaku as Manchester United star recalls old team-mate turning down hattrick to give him penalty in comeback win over PSG in Champions League last year
- Manchester United were drawn in group with PSG in Champions League
- Last time they played United managed unlikely away win to knock them out
- Romelu Lukaku starred but has since left Old Trafford club to join Inter Milan
- Marcus Rashford remembered PSG game and paid tribute to his old team-mate
Marcus Rashford recalled the selfless actions of his ‘brother’ Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United drew PSG in their Champions League group.
The draw triggered memories for the Manchester United striker of the last time his side lined up against the French champions.
Having lost the first leg 2-0, a brace from Lukaku had United leading 2-1 on the night but still heading out of the tournament 3-2 on aggregate. Rashford retold the story of what happened next on Twitter.
Marcus Rashford paid tributed to former Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku
He wrote: ‘Let me tell you a little story about Romelu Lukaku.
‘We are playing PSG in the second leg of the Champions League, with little little hope of qualifying. 2-0 down on agg. 2 mins in, Rom scores. 30 mins in, Rom scores. We need one more goal to qualify. 94th min – penalty…
‘Rom steps up picks up the ball and hands it to me. He knew this was my moment.
‘He knew it would be me that got all news coverage for scoring that penalty and he was ok with that, ignoring the fact that he was the most instrumental part of that win.
‘That tells you all you need to know about Romelu. Selfless, a team player… Never afraid to dim his light for others to shine. That’s my brother and I appreciate him.’
Lukaku, clearly touched by his friend’s tribute, replied: ‘My brother for life! What a great moment brother one of the best nights in my career! Like we said before the game we were going to qualify the team! My partner.’
Despite advancing from the last 16 stage of the competition, it would not be a fairytale ending.
United were eliminated in the next round by Barcelona in what proved to be Lukaku’s final season at the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were drawn against PSG, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir for this season’s group stage.
It is one of the more difficult groups and Rashford and Co face a battle to reach the knockout stages.
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