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Match Preview: PSG vs Man United

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
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PSG defend a 2-0 lead at home to a Manchester United side which is full of injuries and missing players.

Man United will have the hardest job in the world tonight, as they are looking to overturn a two-goal deficit at the Parc des Princes without some of their best players.

The Red Devils play in a good form and have won 12 out of their 15 games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed in December 2018.

PSG is still the only team which have managed to beat Solskjaer’s United and the French champions are expected to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Team news

Edinson Cavani has returned to training for PSG after missing the last seven matches due to a hip injury.

Neymar is still out and will miss tonight’s game against Manchester United.

Paul Pogba is suspended for the Red Devils, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will miss his whole midfield trio, with Ander Hererra and Nemanja Matic being injured.

Alexis Sanchez has suffered a knee injury against Southampton on Saturday, joining Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard on the sidelines.

Academy quintet Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, and James Garner have traveled with the squad.

What did the managers say

Thomas Tuchel says that PSG need to forget the two-goal lead from the first leg and the German manager expects a high-level performance from his team.

“We must forget the result of the first leg. Our principles of playing must remain the same, with a high level of performance. We must always strive to improve.

“Manchester [Unite] like to play 4-4-2 away from home. We need to find a way. We want to set the tempo and control the match in the opposition half and stop the counterattacks high up the pitch, very early. Their two attackers are very fast, very strong.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a perfect away score as a Manchester United manager and the Norwegian hopes for another victory on the road tonight.

“We can’t write games off, we’ve been fantastic away from home. We’re not going to go out without giving a fight.

“It’s a difficult task but we can do it. We need to get the first goal and then we need to stay in the game because if there’s only one goal in it anything can happen. We need a good plan and we need to perform on the night.”


  • PSG have lost just one of their last 16 Champions League games at home, winning 10 of those, but that solitary defeat came in the round of 16 last season against Real Madrid.
  • No club has ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals
  • PSG have scored 35 goals in their last 10 Champions League home games but haven’t kept a clean sheet in each of the last five.
  • Manchester United have won only one of their last 10 Champions League knockout games (D3 L6), with this coming against Olympiacos in March 2014
  • United have won three of four matches since the first leg while PSG have won their last seven games in a row in all competitions.