MANCHESTER UNITED got off to a flying start, racing into a 2-0 lead due to a brace from Rasmus Hojlund.
But everything changed in the 42nd minute when VAR intervened and sent Marcus Rashford off.
Marcus Rashford looked perplexed as his unfortunate red card completely changed the game
United are now bottom of their Champions League group
While there will be legitimate argument about whether the red card was merited, the game was never the same after that.
Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves scored for Copenhagen to bring the score back to 2-2.
The Danish team emerged hesitantly from half-time, allowing United to control the second half and finally grab the lead on a penalty by Bruno Fernandes in the 69th minute.
However, United’s lack of manpower ultimately cost them, as Copenhagen scored two late goals through Lukas Lerager and Roony Bardghji to secure one of their most famous triumphs.
Here’s how the players fared on a dreadful night for Manchester United, who are now bottom of their Champions League group.
Andre Onana – 5
None of the four goals were Onana’s fault, but it was again another night to forget for the Manchester United goalkeeper.
Passing wasn’t exactly stellar throughout, which is why he was signed.
Tonight was a return to form for the Manchester United right-back
Maguire’s hand was hardly in an unnatural position when he conceded a late first-half penalty
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6
A truly outstanding effort on both sides of the field, but it was undone by a disastrous throwback to Onana in the 83rd minute, which resulted to Copenhagen’s equalizer.
Apart from that, he has some exceptional 1v1 defense abilities, but his technical ability will always be a limitation for Wan-Bissaka.
Harry Maguire – 6
The penalty that allowed Copenhagen to equalize was given by Goncalves, but his hand was not in an unusual position.
Technically, the correct judgment according to the rules of the game, but does it really explain why the handball law was developed in the first place?
His defending improved after that, and he was very unlucky not to tie the game in the dying minutes when his volley smacked off the crossbar.
Jonny Evans – 6
He didn’t do much during his 12 minutes on the field before being pulled off with an injury.
He was unlucky to be taken off so early in his first Champions League match in a decade.
Diogo Dalot – 5
United are on the verge of exiting the Champions League after losing his marker for Copenhagen’s equalizer.
Aside from that, he was a persistent attacking danger down the left flank.
Christian Eriksen – 6
His direct passing was impressive, allowing United to advance fast up the pitch in the first half.
However, he was replaced at halftime by Sofyan Amrabat as United attempted to add some toughness to the midfield following Rashford’s dismissal.
Scott McTominay – 6
After an amazing run into the box, did well to set up Hojlund’s first goal.
However, after receiving a red card, they were forced to take a much more defensive posture and did not perform exceptionally well.
Marcus Rashford – 5
Rashford’s unfortunate red card completely changed the game
Started the game well as a classic right winger, which might be a useful weapon for Manchester United in the future.
But his night was cut short by a red card in the 42nd minute, which radically changed the game in Copenhagen’s favor.
The attacker plainly did not aim to sink his studs into Elias Jelert’s ankle, but VAR called the incident major foul play.
Bruno Fernandes – 6
Fernandes scored from the spot to give United the win with ten men
Prior to the red card, he led the press alongside Hojlund and worked hard to cover the ground with 10 men.
His penalty in the 69th minute put United ahead, but he was otherwise quite average.
Alejandro Garnacho – 5
Should have passed for Hojlund’s second, but the keeper fumbled his shot into his path anyway.
Following the red, he didn’t make much of an impression.
Rasmus Hojlund – 8
Five goals in four Champions League games now for the young Dane
Rasmus Hojlund scored twice tonight in what is quickly becoming his favorite competition.
This season, the Dane has five goals in four Champions League games, and his brace provided United with a great basis to build on, even with 10 men.
After being sent off, he had to survive on scraps but still commanded the line well.
Raphael Varane 5 (in place of Evans 15)
In the 16th minute, he came on for Jonny Evans and was fortunate not to have his handball punished in the buildup to Harry Maguire’s goal.
However, due to the ball deflecting off his leg first, he would not have been penalized under Uefa rules.
Sofyan Amrabat 5 (replacing Eriksen 46)
After coming on, he didn’t contribute much as United lost 4-3.