Why United's comeback against PSG was so good for English football

For the first time, for what seems in a long long time, the UEFA Champions League will entertain four English teams in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The likelihood was always rare. Manchester City were expected to go through and they did so handsomely by humiliating Shalke 04 in a 10-2 aggregate scoreline. However, the other 3 teams started in a 50-50 condition at best.

Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of the Bundesliga title challengers Borussia Dortmund by beating them 3-0 in the first leg. Liverpool had an evenly poised first leg but had the advantage of stopping Bayern from scoring away goals.

It was United who were the ones under trouble. In December, when their fixture against PSG was announced, Jose Mourinho had almost sunk the United ship. PSG were flying with Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe.

Ole came around by the time of the tie but still could not manage to get a win as Old Trafford saw them lose 2-0. With 10 crucial first team players out, nobody ever expected United to turn around the tie at PSG, against a team who had Mbappe and Cavani in the squad.

They did the unthinkable and in doing so, four English teams have progressed and it has helped because it has directly increased their coefficient points by taking it away from German and French challengers.

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