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Champions League Preview: Manchester United vs PSG

Manchester United vs PSG | Champions League | Old Trafford | KO: 20:00 (UK) | BT Sport

As the end of the UEFA Champions League group stage approaches, Manchester United face Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, knowing a point will be enough to see them into the final sixteen, given their superior goal difference in the group. A win would be enough to see United top the group, again thanks to goal difference.

The Reds face a Paris Saint Germain side that have started the season in a somewhat disappointing manner. Although they sit top of Ligue 1, which is to be expected, they have already lost three league matches, as well as finding themselves on just six points from their opening four Champions League fixtures.

How Do Manchester United Look?

As the fixtures keep coming thick and fast for Manchester United, the side are picking up a few knocks along the way.

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David De Gea was forced off at halftime against Southampton at the weekend, following a nasty collision with the post that saw him injure his knee. It is understood, however, that he trained on Tuesday and is expected to be available for selection against PSG.

Alex Telles was also withdrawn against The Saints, but is likely to be in the squad on Wednesday night.

Likewise, Anthony Martial. He was unavailable at the weekend due to illness, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that he has recovered.

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Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have missed United’s last couple of matches due to injury; the Frenchman is expected to be up for selection, but McTominay’s condition is unclear.

Luke Shaw has returned to training, but is not yet fit enough to be in contention for this one.

“Luke is probably the biggest doubt but the rest of them are holding their hands up saying: ‘I’m ready’. Luke isn’t too far away so let’s see what we do with him for tomorrow” said the boss.

Edinson Cavani came off the bench at the weekend, to turn the game around for United. Following his impressive display against The Saints, he can expect to start against his former side, PSG, on Wednesday.

Opposition: PSG

The two superstars for Paris Saint Germain are clear to see- Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. The pair are, on their day, unplayable, and if they turn up against United, The Reds will struggle to cope.

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However, the last two times that Mbappe has faced Solskjaer’s side, he has been quiet and unimpressive. Similarly, Neymar showed little threat.

If the starlets play in a similar manner to the last couple of fixtures against United, they will pose no real danger. If they play to their ability, then The Reds’ defence could be in for a long night.

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PSG are without Spanish pair Pablo Sarabia and Juan Bernat, whilst former United favourite Ander Herrera is expected to be in the squad, on his return to Old Trafford.

Key Stat

Manchester United remain within one point of Champions League RO16 qualification.


Manchester United 1-1 Paris Saint Germain. Edinson Cavani with United’s goal.

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