Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will look to extend their unbeaten run when they welcome Paris Saint-Germain for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night. This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides, as their only previous encounter was in the 2015 International Champions Cup where PSG managed a 2-0 win.
Here are three things to look forward to as Manchester United host the Parisians at Old Trafford.
3. A Depleted Paris Saint-Germain side
At maximum capacity, Paris Saint-Germain are undoubtedly the superior team of the pair. In Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Kylian Mbappe, they have one of the most attacking tridents in world football, capable of ripping defenses apart for fun.
However, with Neymar ruled and Cavani a major doubt, the Ligue 1 giants are likely to have only Mbappe on the pitch on Tuesday. Thomas Tuchel’s side have not looked at their best lately, and will need a miracle to snatch all three points from their trip to Manchester.
2. United’s Biggest Test
When the tie was announced on December 17, everyone expected it to be a walk in the park for Paris Saint-Germain. However, three fortnights have changed things quite drastically for the Old Trafford outfit.
Since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kickstarted a mini renaissance at the club. Manchester United are currently an 11-game unbeaten run — winning 10 — and look well-placed to extend it against PSG on Tuesday.
The Red Devils are playing with supreme confidence under the Norwegian, with the belief that they can beat any team at the moment. PSG, on paper, are their toughest test yet, but they have plenty of reasons to be hopeful about improving their home record.
1. A High-Scoring Fixture
Both Thomas Tuchel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are attack-minded coaches. Their teams move the ball quickly and aim to reach the opposition goal with the minimum number of touches. Both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been in great form in front of goal lately and will look for an early goal or two in tonight’s fixture.
United, thanks to their scorching form, seem to have the upper hand, but PSG, despite the absences of Cavani and Neymar, are capable of producing moments of sheer brilliance.