Manchester United’s faltering season suffered another significant blow after losing Marcus Rashford to an early red card in a 4-3 defeat to Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Erik ten Hag’s side were two goals ahead inside the opening 28 minutes courtesy of a double from Rasmus Hojlund, but Rashford was handed a straight red card in the 42nd minute, and Copenhagen managed to score twice before the end of the first period to make it 2-2.
The Red Devils were back ahead in the 69th minute from a Bruno Fernandes penalty, but Lukas Lerager made it 3-3 in the 83rd minute before 17-year-old Roony Bardghji spectacularly won it for the home side three minutes before the end of normal time.
In contrast to United’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford two weeks ago, it was the Danes dancing deliriously after a late show of strength.
Man Utd are now second in the group, leaving United with it all to do to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
While United are down, they are not yet out, although they do sit bottom of Group A and face a trip to Galatasaray – where they have never won – before hosting the already-qualified Bayern Munich.