Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Paris Saint-Germain still pose a threat in the attack with Kylian Mbappe in the squad, despite their injury crisis.
With the Parisians set to be without key players like Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Thomas Meunier in the first leg tie, bookmakers have tipped the Red Devils to come out on top.
However, Saha sees it differently as he thinks World Cup winner Mbappe will give Thomas Tuchel’s side the edge.
“Paris Saint-Germain are slightly ahead because they kept progressing,” he disclosed in a quote cited on FourFourTwo when asked to compare the teams. “They have a player like Mbappe who cannot be stopped.”
“Man United are a great club with quality players. Paris Saint-Germain are solid because the head coach brought more stability between defence and attack.
“The coach can easily switch his system, he’s very clever and has great communication. He has great coaching staff able to identify the opponent’s philosophy. We saw him changing his system several times during a game.
“The team has evolved a lot. They haven’t taken it to the next level in the Champions League, those few steps left to reach the final. They lacked those elements: the right information, atmosphere, balance, reaction to what cannot be predicted.
“The coach needs to deal with it, giving the right space and confidence to the players while keeping his defence ready. It’s a balance to reach that is different in Champions League to the league.”
Saha, on the other hand, thinks United could mount a challenge for the trophy this season, despite their struggles in the League front.
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“The Champions League is a different world,” said Saha, who won the competition with the Red Devils in 2008. “We’ve seen it with Liverpool and others. Some were not the best in the league and, once in the Champions League, the cohesion rises. It is not the same.
“It is not going to about the one who plays a solid game; that’s not enough in the Champions League. It’s about the players able to play freely, to deal with the transitions and with the pressure of the last minutes of the game.”