Manchester United welcomes PSG, as the Champions League’s knock-out stage starts today. We would like to get you ready for the clash between the English and French giants.
Manchester United and PSG play their first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie on Old Trafford on Tuesday night. It is going to be their first competitive encounter, as the teams haven’t played one against another in an official match never before.
Manchester United’s centre back Victor Lindelof trained with the club on Monday and will be available, after missing the game against Fulham on Saturday. Marcus Rashford sit out the game against the Cottagers on the bench, so is fresh and ready for the PSG challenge.
Antonia Valencia and Matteo Darmian, on the other hand, are definitely out of the game. With Marcos Rojo not expected to be even on the bench.
PSG have confirmed that Neymar will be out of action for 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury. 🤕
Meaning he'll miss both Champions League games against Manchester United. ❌ pic.twitter.com/FqaG4SxaPH
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 30, 2019
Neymar Jr. is injured for PSG and the Brazilian winger will miss both ties against Manchester United. Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier are as well out of tomorrow’s game, as the French club confirmed that they won’t play on Old Trafford.
What did the managers say
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ahead of his first Champions League game as Manchester United manager. The Norwegian is still undefeated and has won more than 90% of the matches since his appointment. He believes that the PSG tie comes in right time for the Red Devils.
We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity because of the way we’ve come into this game,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re confident and we’re looking like a team. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it’s now. I think the squad is very capable of winning against any opponent. When we go into games confident as we are now, in form, we are looking forward to the game”.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019
The PSG manager, Thomas Tuchel believes that it is a 50-50 tie, with United being favorites in the first leg, as the host team.
“Over 180 minutes I would say it’s 50-50,” Tuchel said through a translator. “Tomorrow, with them at home at Old Trafford whether it’s 50-50 I’m not sure but we have the second leg in Paris where we are strong and comfortable.
“At this level, it’s the details. It could be a decision of a referee, a yellow or a red that can make the difference. It’s a close game.”
- Manchester United come into the game in great form, as the Red Devils have won 10 of the last 11 games and scored 28 goals in the period.
- United have won only one of their last nine Champions League knockout games (D3 L5), it was against Olympiakos in March 2014. They haven’t reached the quarter-finals since then.
- PSG have won only one of their 10 away games in all competitions against English opposition (D4 L5).
- PSG scored 17 goals in the Champions League group stage this season, more than any other team.
- No French team has ever beaten United away from home in European competition (D4 L10). In the Champions League, only two French sides have avoided defeat at Old Trafford: Monaco in March 1998 (1-1), Lille in October 2005 (0-0)
It is sure that a great tie is ahead of us tonight, so bring it on Champions League! Which team is your favorite and why? Leave your opinion in the comment section below.