Manchester United’s Champions League aspirations suffered a setback as Erik ten Hag’s team squandered a lead twice, leading to a dramatic 4-3 victory for Copenhagen. Despite Rasmus Hojlund’s early brace putting United in control, Marcus Rashford’s red card triggered a remarkable turnaround. Copenhagen’s pre-match tifo ominously reading “your theatre of nightmares” proved prophetic.
The first half was a rollercoaster, with Hojlund’s early opener followed by interruptions and Rashford’s dismissal. Copenhagen capitalized, with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves leveling the score. Bruno Fernandes briefly restored United’s lead with a penalty, only for Lukas Lerager to equalize. A late substitute, Roony Bardghji, sealed Copenhagen’s stunning victory.
Initially, United appeared poised for a straightforward win, with Hojlund’s early goal showcasing their prowess. However, the match was marred by interruptions, a pitch invader, and a medical emergency. Despite going further ahead with Hojlund’s second goal, Rashford’s red card shifted momentum.
The game’s dynamics changed as Copenhagen exploited their numerical advantage, leveling the score through Elyounoussi and Goncalves. Despite VAR interventions and United’s attempts to regain control, Copenhagen emerged victorious in a thrilling encounter at Parken.