Man United v PSG – Old Trafford at 20:00 GMT

This year’s UEFA Champions League knockout rounds will kick off with a thrilling contest as Manchester United welcomes Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Both teams are having good performances and an impressive form lately so it’s going to be an epic showdown between these two. Manchester United are on fire and will be entering this contest on the back of a 11-match unbeaten streak and a recently claimed top 4 spot in the Premier League standings. PSG, on the other hand, are having a steady season under boss Thomas Tuchel and has been a tough team to beat in the Ligue 1.

Manchester United have been excellent ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the temporary managerial position since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, but Tuesday’s match against Ligue 1 champions PSG might be the new boss’ toughest challenge yet. The Red Devils are unbeaten since Solskjaer’s arrival, winning all except for 1 of their 11 league matches, only wavering during their unexpected 2-2 draw against Burnley at the end of January.

Their performances lately have definitely become fruitful since they are now at the 4th spot in the English top flight. The Red Devils have to be careful though since they will be facing PSG, a team that will certainly be a huge trial in their abilities.

Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, currently dominates the Ligue 1 standings at the first spot. However, they are encountering some few challenges recently. Aside from the fact that they faced an upsetting defeat at the hands of Lyon earlier this month, star players Edinson Cavani and Neymar won’t be making an appearance on Tuesday.

The absence of these two will certainly be a great blow for PSG. With this, PSG’s attack could significantly reduce. They could still be a force to be reckoned with especially since Kylian Mbappe is available. Apart from this, PSG scored a Champions League high of 17 goals in the group stages this season, totaling 26 goals in just 6 matches.

LATEST NEWS                            

–          Neymar will remain sidelined on Tuesday’s match.

–          Edinson Cavani will likely miss out on PSG’s clash against United after suffering from a hip injury during their match against Bordeaux.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Man United: 4-3-3

David De Gea, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

PSG: 4-2-3-1

Gianluigi Buffon, Thilo Kehrer, Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe

KEY PLAYERS

Man United

Paul Pogba has been playing his best so far this season under their new boss and it definitely shows since Manchester United just hurled themselves into the top four in the English top flight. Pogba has been stealing the show in most of United’s fixtures lately and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to stop anytime soon. With PSG as their opponent on Tuesday, expect him to be one of the key players in this crucial match.

PSG

Kylian Mbappe’s role for PSG is crucial and he will have to step up in the absence of both Edinson Cavani and Neymar. With his wide set of skills, Mbappe can definitely assist the team in securing victories especially since he’s quite remarkable in the goalscoring aspect. If Mbappe manages to play the best match of his life on Tuesday, PSG might just overcome this tie despite missing two key players.

MATCH PREDICTION

Man United v PSG: 2-2

A completely different Manchester United will be entering this round of the Champions League compared to the one the world saw struggling to get through the group phase of the tournament. Manchester United are on fire under Solskjaer and their key players are in really good forms lately, though they are still a little bit unsteady in terms of their defensive strategies. However, Tuesday’s clash is the perfect opportunity for them to face a top-ranked team since their opponents will be without two of their three star strikers. The absence of Neymar and Cavani for will obviously put a dent on their offense, but there’s still Mbappe to rely on to.. PSG will definitely face a tough test in the form of the Red Devils. A tricky, yet, thrilling showdown is about to take place at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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By @EliaasMJ

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