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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: Top 5 performers in the Round of 16

ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
15 Mar 2019, 01:04 IST

#4 Romelu Lukaku

Presence of mind: Romelu Lukaku
Presence of mind: Romelu Lukaku's focus and alert gameplay helped United scrape their way to the next stage.

PSG leading 2-0 from the first leg. Two away goals to their name. A home game coming up against an injury-hit Manchester United. No Alexis Sanchez, Jese Lingard, Anthony Martial, or Paul Pogba to halt the Ligue 1 leaders.

The substitutes? Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, James Garner. Wait, what? Is this the reserve team? Certainly seemed like it when Manchester United faced PSG. What else can you make of it when you see Scott McTominay starts on the right wing?

The task at hand seemed an easy one for the Ligue 1 leaders but somebody else was more aware of the situation than they were themselves. Manchester United had no imposing attacks on PSG, they had no pressure on PSG, nothing. But they had a striker, who they have been calling to get rid of, but who kept his cool and focus on the night. Romelu Lukaku a.k.a Flopkaku as some people like to call him.

Let's face it guys. If that man wasn't on the pitch against PSG, then the Red Devils wouldn't have won. Nobody else was looking for weak spots, nobody else was looking to find a way to score, no one was willing to take it to PSG, he was.

A misplaced pass from Kehrer was all it took for Lukaku to pounce. He beat Thiago Silva and rounded Gigi Buffon before making amends for a horrific touch by sliding and finishing from a tight angle.

Then after PSG equalized, he pounced again, this time from Buffon's spill of Rashford's shot on target. The goals he scored were poached by him alone and he also won 5 aerials and completed 4 dribbles.

He was the only one trying to drag the Red Devils back and thanks to them, VAR was generous enough to give a penalty and send them through to the quarterfinals. Although, without Lukaku the VAR decision would have meant nothing.

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