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Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain

Champions League: Tues, 12/02  Stadium: Old Trafford

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Manchester United are an appealing 5/4 to win with Bet365, with United to win and both teams to score at 3/1 with the same firm is also worth serious consideration. Marcus Rashford is 8/5 score anytime with Ladbrokes which looks good value given PSG’s lack of pace and mobility at the back.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

The Champions League knockout stages get under way with a heavyweight clash at Old Trafford, as Manchester United welcome big spending French champions Paris Saint Germain for the first leg of their mouthwatering clash.

Big spenders, but lightweight upfront?

The visitors need little introduction, having made big headlines in recent years for their prolific spending in the transfer market. The two biggest transfers of all time involve PSG, with Brazilian superstar Neymar and Kylian Mbappe making up two prongs of a fearsome strikeforce with Edinson Cavani. However, with Neymar out of both legs with a metatarsal injury (that incidentally left him leaving the field in tears after persistently being fouled), and Cavani struggling with a hip problem, their front three suddenly looks to be a weak link. Remarkably ex Stoke City striker Eric Choupo-Moting is the reserve forward in the squad, a somewhat glaring imbalance in what is otherwise an all conquering team, domestically so anyway.

PSG league form rampant, European pedigree less so

As you would expect in a league where PSG’s spending power is unmatchable, the Paris giants come into this game a comfortable ten points clear at the top of the table. Their only defeat came recently at an impressive Lyon side who have Champions League aspirations of their own. This season’s highlights include a 9-0 victory over bottom club Guingamp, and with 68 goals from just 22 league games, the French giants are averaging over three goals a game. Kylian Mbappe also leads the goalscoring charts on eighteen goals, one ahead of teammate Cavani.

Despite their relatively serene passage to another domestic title, PSG have come up short against the big hitters in Europe in recent seasons. Last year they were given a footballing lesson against eventual winners Real Madrid, whilst the season before saw their infamous collapse against Barcelona, remarkably losing the second leg 6-1 to crash out 6-5 on aggregate. Those defeats will be fresh in the mind of players and fans alike as they take on another footballing superpower in United, and a fast start from the Red Devils can quickly open up those psychological scars and slight inferiority complex PSG may still suffer from.

Another test for Solskjaer

The game can probably not come round fast enough for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he looks to add European success to ever increasing portfolio of impressive work. Still undefeated since taking over, United have shown the ability to mix it again with the top clubs, with away victories over Tottenham at Wembley in the league and Arsenal in the FA Cup testament to their rapid progress under the Norwegian. A victory over PSG would cap a superb run of form, and the calls for Solskjaer to be made the permanent manger will grow ever louder, and become increasingly difficult for United’s decision makers to ignore.

Team news

PSG will be without Neymar, and Edinson Cavani is highly doubtful. In more positive news, influential midfielder Marco Verratti looks to have overcome a long standing injury of his own having played in the 1-0 win over Bordeaux at the weekend. New signing Leandro Paredes is eligible to play, with UEFA’s rule changes coming into effect this season meaning players who previously played in Europe and moved in the transfer window are no longer cup-tied.

The Red Devils had the luxury of resting Marcus Rashford on the weekend and bringing off Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba in the second half. All three are expected to start as United look to hit PSG hard and fast in the first leg.

United to edge the first leg

With home advantage and a blistering run of form to count on, United will feel confident they can build an advantage in the first leg to take to France in two weeks time. With Neymar out and Cavani struggling, PSG’s attacking threat is severely diminished, and their defeat to Liverpool in the group stages should provide United with the perfect blueprint on how to dismantle them.

Manchester United are an appealing 5/4 to win with Bet365, with United to win and both teams to score at 3/1 with the same firm is also worth serious consideration. Marcus Rashford is 8/5 score anytime with Ladbrokes which looks good value given PSG’s lack of pace and mobility at the back.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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