Manchester United gave up a two-goal lead in a breathless 4-3 Champions League loss to FC Copenhagen on Wednesday that turned after Marcus Rashford was shown a red card following a brace by young United striker Rasmus Hojlund.
The loss was a calamitous setback in United's hopes for last-16 qualification with Erik ten Hag's side fourth in Group A on three points with two group games still to play.
Hojlund fired United to a brilliant start in a roller-coaster first half, scoring his first when the game was just 171 seconds old by tucking in Scott McTominay's pass from close range.
The 20-year-old netted again against his former club in the 28th minute after a Kamil Grabara save sent the ball spinning practically to his feet.
The tide turned when Rashford was shown a red card in the 42nd minute for planting his foot on the ankle of Elias Jelert to protect the ball. The moment breathed new life into the home side and Mohamed Elyounoussi pulled one back three minutes later.
There was more misery to come as Copenhagen were awarded a penalty right before halftime after Harry Maguire's handball, and Diogo Goncalves slotted it home past Andre Onana.
United briefly regained the lead when VAR awarded them a penalty for a handball which Bruno Fernandes calmly converted.
But they imploded in the final few minutes giving up two goals, in the 83rd when Lukas Lerager sprinted in to meet Rasmus Falk's cross and four minutes later when 17-year-old substitute Roony Bardghji fired home
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23:11 , Jonathan Gorrie
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Ten Hag certain Man United can still turn season around
23:10 , Jonathan Gorrie
Erik ten Hag is confident there will be a “moment” that turns Manchester United’s season around.
The Dutchman saw his side fall bottom of Champions League Group A after a calamitous 4-3 defeat away at FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night.
Marcus Rashford was sent off on his return from injury as United conceded twice in the final ten minutes despite taking the lead while down to ten men to leave them with a mountain to climb.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Rashford sent off as Man United defeat piles more pressure on ten Hag
22:32 , Jonathan Gorrie
Manchester United fell bottom of Champions League Group A after a calamitous defeat to FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night.
Marcus Rashford was sent off in the first half and United then conceded twice in the final ten minutes despite retaking the lead when down to ten men.
A fortnight on from injecting hope into a faltering continent campaign by narrowly beating the Danish champions, Parken witnessed a scarcely believable comeback that leaves the Red Devils bottom of Group A.
FT: FC Copenhagen 4-3 Man United
22:09 , Jonathan Gorrie
United are now bottom of Group A after a comedy of errors in defeat.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Into added time!
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90 mins: 5 minutes added on!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: GOAL! Roony Bardghji '87
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87 mins: GOAL!
Bardghji volleys in what could be the winner! United caught out trying to play out from the back.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: GOAL! Lukas Lerager '83
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83 mins: Lerager gets behind Dalot to bundle in a third!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Credit for Red Devils
21:44 , Jonathan Gorrie
73 mins: They've stuck in well with 10 men, despite looking all at sea at the end of the first half.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: GOAL! Bruno Fernandes '69
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69 mins: GOAL!
Fernandes rifles it into the top corner!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: PENALTY to Man United!
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68 mins: IT'S GIVEN!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: VAR check!
21:38 , Jonathan Gorrie
66 mins: United want a penalty after the ball appears to strike a hand following Bruno Fernandes' free-kick.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Red Devils aren't out of this
21:27 , Jonathan Gorrie
55 mins: United have started reasonably well, given the circumstances.
There's goals in this for them.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Measured approach from the hosts
21:24 , Jonathan Gorrie
53 mins: They've not come out full guns blazing, despite how they ended the first half.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Amrabat on at the break
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He replaces Eriksen.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Back underway!
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Here we go!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Architects of their own downfall
21:05 , Jonathan Gorrie
United were in absolute cruise control before Rashford's red card.
Big, big pressure now.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Half-time!
21:02 , Jonathan Gorrie
A crazy first half comes to an end.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: GOAL! Diogo Goncalves '45+8
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45+8 mins: Goncalves sends Onana the wrong way!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: PENALTY TO COPENHAGEN!
20:55 , Jonathan Gorrie
45+7: Maguire handles in the box!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: 13 minutes added on!
20:50 , Jonathan Gorrie
45 mins: 13 minutes added on here, with United on the ropes before the break.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: GOAL! Mo Elyounoussi '45
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45 mins: GOAL!
Elyounoussi turns one in at the back post after a lovely cutback.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: CHANCE FOR COPENHAGEN!
20:46 , Jonathan Gorrie
42 mins: Goncalves hits the bar from the resulting free-kick.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: RED CARD! Marcus Rashford '41
20:44 , Jonathan Gorrie
41 mins: What is he doing?!
United are in cruise control but Rashford has sunk his studs into Jelert's shins.
He was trying to play the ball and was fairly unlucky.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Looking routine for Red Devils
20:40 , Jonathan Gorrie
38 mins: Fans won't be feeling too confident yet given recent results but United really look at it here.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: GOAL! Rasmus Hojlund '28
20:30 , Jonathan Gorrie
28 mins: GOAL!
Brilliant counter from United, with Fernandes finding Garnacho, who shoots across the 'keeper.
While that shot is saved, Hojlund is there to tap in again.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Good goalkeeping from Onana
20:27 , Jonathan Gorrie
22 mins: Wan-Bissaka switches off at the back post and Achouri is almost in after a ball across the box but Onana races off his line to get there first.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Confident from United
20:24 , Jonathan Gorrie
21 mins: Ten Hag's side are looking so much better already.
Zipping the ball about with purpose, they've started here like Copenhagen did at Old Trafford.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Injury blow
20:18 , Jonathan Gorrie
15 mins: Jonny Evans, making his first Champions League appearance for United in over a decade, is forced off with an injury.
Raphael Varane is on to replace him and Harry Maguire has moved over to the left of the back two.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Hosts yet to going
20:13 , Jonathan Gorrie
10 mins: United have been pretty decent on the ball here but the hosts really aren't with it.
It's a hostile atmosphere but, on the pitch at least, United are finding it easy.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Rasmus Hojlund '3
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03 mins: GOAL!
Hojlund bundles in at the back post after brilliant work from McTominay to force in a cross.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Opening stages
20:05 , Jonathan Gorrie
02 mins: Elyounoussi goes on a charge down the right but McTominay clears.
United seeing a lot of the ball but the hosts are pressing high.
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: KICK-OFF!
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Away we go!
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Owen Hargreaves to TNT Sports
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"After the save from Onana at Old Trafford, it felt like a turning point. But for that to be a turning point, they need to win tonight. They need a big performance to kickstart their season. It's must win tonight: they need to get the job done."
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Erik ten Hag's pre-match message
19:21 , Jonathan Gorrie
Speaking to TNT Sports, the under-fire Man United manager said: "Dictating, try to dictate, but at least control by defending and attacking as a team.
"We trust this team. They did very well on Saturday. They fought together. I know they can still do better in possession, but they fought as a team and then you give trust to the team."
FC Copenhagen vs Man United: Dimitar Berbatov prediction
19:11 , Jonathan Gorrie
Speaking to Betfair, the former Man United striker said: "Let's not jump to the conclusion, Manchester United need to take it game by game. Yes, they're favourites, but what is a favourite anymore?
"Luton played Liverpool the other day and that was a draw.
"Manchester United need to watch how the smaller teams are playing,to give them respect, otherwise, they will suffer by underestimating them.
"Copenhagen was a tough game last time, let's win against them first and then build up momentum.
"Copenhagen is a must-win game because Galatasaray away is a hardgame and Bayern Munich is even harder! If it's going to be a boring, scrappy game, then we must sacrifice to get the three points, no matter what.
"In some games, it's all about the result and not the performance,Copenhagen will be just like this, as was Fulham. But if Manchester United play the same way they did in the reverse fixture, then there will be problems."
Confirmed Man United lineup
18:59 , Jonathan Gorrie
Man United XI: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Evans, Dalot; McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes; Garnacho, Hojlund, Rashford
Subs: Bayindir, Heaton, Lindelof, Reguilon, Varane, Amrabat, Forson, Hannibal, Mount, Pellistri, Antony, Martial
Confirmed Copenhagen lineup
18:59 , Jonathan Gorrie
Copehagen XI: Grabara; Ankersen, Vavro, Diks, Jelert; Falk, Lerager, Goncalves; Elyounoussi, Claesson, Achouri
Subs: Sander, Dithmer, Sorensen, Tanlongo, Larsson, Babacar, Oskarsson, Boilesen, Lund, Hojlund, Bardghi, Froholdt
Copenhagen vs Man United: Latest odds
18:37 , Jonathan Gorrie
Betway - FC Copenhagen vs Manchester United
Copenhagen - 16/5
Draw - 11/4
Manchester United - 4/5
Betway - Champions League Winner 2023/24
Manchester City - 2/1
Bayern Munich - 9/2
Real Madrid - 13/2
Arsenal - 8/1
Barcelona - 16/1
PSG - 16/1
Atletico Madrid - 22/1
Inter Milan - 28/1
Newcastle - 33/1
Manchester United - 40/1
Manchester United injury update: Marcus Rashford, Casemiro and Luke Shaw latest news and return dates
18:18 , Jonathan Gorrie
Manchester United have been dealing with mounting injury problems this season.
While there are bigger issues at the club in terms of open fan revolt against the Glazer Family ownership as well as a string of poor performances from Erik ten Hag’s side, there is little doubt the lengthy absence list has not helped matters.
The United boss has been without a number of key players all season and Marcus Rashford appears to have added to the concerns by sitting out of their tight win over Fulham on Saturday.
Copenhagen vs Man United: Erik ten Hag hails 'example' Bruno Fernandes
17:51 , Jonathan Gorrie
Erik ten Hag gave a glowing assessment of Bruno Fernandes’s importance to Manchester United, insisting his captain is “absolutely the example” to the rest of the team.
Fernandes scored a late winner at Craven Cottage as United beat Fulham 1-0 on Saturday, easing the pressure on Ten Hag following successive 3-0 home defeats by Manchester City and Newcastle in the past week.
Copenhagen vs Man Utd: Gabriel Barbosa gives blunt response to transfer interest amid Antony plan
17:41 , Jonathan Gorrie
Manchester United's hopes of swapping flop Antony for Gabriel Barbosa have been dashed.
Reports emerged earlier this week that United were looking into an audacious January deal to send Antony back to his homeland of Brazil in exchange for Flamengo star Gabigol.
Antony has endured a tough time since his startling £82million move from Antony and was recently called out by United legend Rio Ferdinand after another toothless display, this time against Fulham.
Prediction: 1-1 draw
17:31 , Jonathan Gorrie
Copenhagen should not be counted out in front of their own fans. It feels like any team worth their salt can give United a game at the moment and the hosts fall into that category.
United have the required talent on paper so should be winning with ease, but this will be a tight game.
Man United team news: Rashford back
17:30 , Jonathan Gorrie
Marcus Rashford missed the win at Fulham after picking up a knock in training but travelled with the squad and is now expected to start in Denmark.
Victor Lindelof has overcome an illness but Raphael Varane will surely come into the team after curiously sitting out the trip to London and loss to Manchester City, partnering Harry Maguire at centre-back. Sergio Reguilon is fighting Diogo Dalot for a start at left-back.
Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Amad Diallo and Tyrell Malacia are longer-term injury absentees, while Jadon Sancho remains unavailable for selection.
Copenhagen team news: Elyounoussi to be assessed
17:30 , Jonathan Gorrie
Oscar Hojlund, the brother of United striker Rasmus, will be pushing to start while Mohamed Elyounoussi will be assessed ahead of kick-off. Birger Meling, William Clem and David Khocholava are still out.
Where to watch FC Copenhagen vs Manchester United
17:29 , Jonathan Gorrie
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on TNT Sports, with coverage beginning at 7pm ahead of an 8pm kick-off.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Discovery+ app and website.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
17:14 , Jonathan Gorrie
Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Manchester United's Champions League trip to FC Copenhagen tonight.
Kick-off from the Parken Stadium is at 8pm GMT.