UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs PSG – match preview
The Champions League returns to European football stadiums. In Manchester, the team of Ole Gunnar Solskjær will host PSG led by Thomas Tuchel.
The upcoming match will be the second in history of these English and French grandees. The only game of the teams took place on July 30, 2015, when the French won in a friendly match (2:0).
The team of Thomas Tuchel completed the Champions League group stage in first place (11 points) with the best indicator of goals scored (17), parallel to dominating the Ligue 1.
Though, the total domination of the French in the domestic arena is hardly surprising, but the home victory over Liverpool, fighting for the Premier League’s title, proved that it is not an empty sound.
At the same time, Manchester United suffered, and did not play well in the Premier League, lagging behind the top four, and in the Champions League, where the fate of the next round was largely decided by an accidental victory in Turin. The Red Devils tormented themselves and tormented their fans who could not wait for Mourinho’s dismissal.
The series of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s victories diminished public skepticism a little, but a lot of skeptics still do not believe in Ole’s ability to show great results in the long term.
The Norwegian, emitting self-confidence, was able to reanimate the players, who were literally sour under Mourinho. Mainly, we are talking about Marcus Rashford, who managed to score six goals since Ole’s appointment, and, of course, Paul Pogba – the Frenchman is spending the most productive EPL season in his career.
It is impossible not to say that recently the Red Devils have been experiencing some difficulties in defense, but they can be compensated for by De Gea’s quality game.
Hoping for the goalkeeper’s courage in the game with PSG, who still have Mbappe, is fraught with trouble, so the coaching staff of United will have to carefully choose a pair of central defenders.
Lindelof had a slight damage, but he is still likely make up a pair with Eric Bailly. If the Swede does not have time to recover, then Smalling or Phil Jones are likely to appear on the field.
Also, we should expect the return of Rashford, Young and Jesse Lingard in the starting line-up, who rested on the weekend.
Due to recent successes of the Devils, they can be earmarked as favourites, but not only because the Parisians have a recession and personnel problems. The fact is that Paris Saint-Germain frankly play too bad in away matches of the Champions League playoffs: almost every time the Parisians’ way to the top is blocked by a failure on the road.
Perhaps Tuchel could have corrected this situation, but now unforeseen circumstances have intervened in the form of Neymar and Cavani’s injuries.
I think PSG are fully able to score in Manchester, but they are unlikely to win.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Scorenga.co.uk/Reporting by Valerie Cooper