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UCL: Onana penalty save earns Man United win over Copenhagen

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Embattled Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana saved a penalty in stoppage time as United beat FC Copenhagen 1-0 to spark their Champions League campaign into life.

The match began with an emotional United anthem ‘We’ll Never Die’ as Old Trafford paid its respects to Sir Bobby Charlton, United fans thought Harry Maguire’s first goal since February 2022 had given them the win they craved.

Scott McTominay conceded a penalty deep into stoppage time as second-half substitute Jordan Larsson stepped up.

Man United are now third on the Group A table with three points from three matches after losing two games.

But his effort from the spot was stopped by Onana, who delivered the biggest moment of his Man United career thus far.

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But Onana, who has come in for criticism since his £47m summer move from Inter Milan, turned Jordan Larsson’s effort wide with what turned out to be the very last action of the game.

The victory breathed new life into a Champions League campaign that had started with successive defeats for Erik ten Hag’s side.

The Cameroonian goalkeeper, who has come under fire following his mistakes against Bayern Munich and Galatasaray, redeemed himself as he performed a great save to deny Copenhagen an equaliser.

In the aftermath, Alejandro Garnacho could be seen scuffing up the penalty spot prior to Copenhagen’s penalty.

Old Trafford said goodbye to their greatest ever prior to kick-off with an emotional tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton, who sadly passed away last Saturday aged 86.

Manager Ten Hag laid a wreath in the centre circle accompanied by Charlton’s former team-mate Alex Stepney and Under-19s captain Dan Gore — signifying the 1966 World Cup winner’s impact on the past, the present and the future at United.