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Manchester United v PSG: Preview and possible line-ups

Manchester United v PSG: Preview and possible line-ups. EFE

Manchester United v PSG: Preview and possible line-ups

Preview and possible line-ups: We take a look at the much-anticipated Champions League clash betwen Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain from Old Trafford.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested local lads Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard on the weekend against Fulham, so expect to see the pair start against the French champions. In defence, Ashley Young is pushing for a recall, while United are monitoring the fitness of Victor Lindelof, who missed the victory over Fulham with a slight knock. Long-term absentees Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo remain sidelined.

Paris Saint-Germain

Kylian Mbappe is likely to be the only member of the usual PSG front three to start this game, with Neymar out injured and Edinson Cavani a major doubt having injured his hip against Bordeaux on the weekend. As a result, Angel Di Maria should return to the starting line-up, returning to his old stomping ground after an unsuccesful season at Old Trafford in 2014-15. Marco Verrati should feature, having recently come back to fitness, while it remains to be seen whether Gianluigi Buffon starts ahead of Alphonse Areola.

MANAGERS' THOUGHTS

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on PGS's progress and the battle for United's left-wing position:

“It’s been a fantastic to see their progress (PSG). I played against them for Molde in 1995, so the difference in their challenge is fantastic. They have some of the world’s best players, one of the best goalkeeper legends in Buffon, Thiago Silva, Mbappe, Neymar."

"Two quality players that can play in two different positions, we are working together it is not a fight, we are looking to get through, always competition for places when at a club like this, Alexis has more experience, Anthony a young one coming through."

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel on PSG's lack of Champions League experience:

“We’re a tight knit team with a lot of energy and I’ve always said we can’t forget the fact we’re a big club, we are Paris, the capital of France, we have top players and are capable of playing high level but we don’t have much of a history in Champions League.

We haven’t played finals or Semi-finals, so sometimes it is difficult, it is more difficult to play against teams like Liverpool, Man Utd, that have got this experience and history in the Champions League that we don’t have.

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Manchester United v PSG: Form guide. BESOCCER

DID YOU KNOW?

United have never lost at home against French opposition, and have progressed six out of seven times in two-legged ties against French clubs.

PSG have only won once on English soil, that win coming in a victory over Chelsea in 2016.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS:

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

Paris Saint-Germain: Buffon; Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Verratti; Nkunku, Di Maria, Draxler; Mbappe.

 

Charles Whitehead

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