Manchester United face an uphill task to remain alive in Europe when they face the mighty Paris Saint-Germain in the 2nd leg of Champions League round-of-16 match at Parc des Princes, in Paris, France, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? Champions League, round-of-16, leg 2 of 2
Teams: Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United
Kick Off: Thursday 07 March
Match Timing: 01:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Parc des Princes (47,929)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Champions League matches in India.
Ready for Europe?
With just 12 games remaining in the season, the Parisians have extended their lead in the Ligue 1 to 17 points. That's almost six games. Within the context of reality, the title race is well and truly over.
It's a big advantage. Not just the lead but the league where the Parisians are plying their trade. No disrespect to the other teams, but PSG hardly need to shift gears in their native country. Ever since the club was taken over by Qatar Investment Group, the league, and the other domestic titles are literally like the “walk in the park' for whoever manages this cash-rich club. This season is no different. Now they can focus on the big target.
The real battle for this club is to bury the ghost of eternal failure in Europe. Every manager who has been at the helm in the last decade or so has won the Ligue 1. But eventually paid the price for short stints in Europe.
However, this season something feels different. The clash against Liverpool is the big reason for the change in perception about them. Thomas Tuchel's men were facing the elimination when they faced the Reds. The Parisians won the match 2-1 and haven't looked back since then.
The Parisians are favorites to qualify!
The first leg was a masterclass from PSG. The first 45 minutes were evenly balanced, but whatever Tuchel said during the break to his players, changed the team's approach towards the game.
What's more satisfying for Tuchel was that the team achieved a perfect 0-2 away win without Neymar and Edinson Cavani, both of whom were out injured.
PGG are at home now and should see the game through.
Building for the future!
Whatever happens in Paris, it's fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has exceeded expectations in every regard. He has lost just once in the 16 matches, with the sole defeat coming against PSG in the round-of-16 Champions League 1st leg match at Old Trafford.
United faced the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool in that period, and Ole masterminded the win over all the big rivals, barring the 0-0 draw against Liverpool.
As a result, the Red Devils have emerged as a genuine contender for the top-4, something looked out of reach when United lost 3-1 at Anfield. Now it's a belief that the man who was brought in as a man to steady the ship and sow the seeds for the next manager, is a worthy candidate for the long-term future.
Paris Saint-Germain – W W W W W W
Manchester United – W L W D W W
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United Team News:
Injured – The hosts will be without superstars Neymar and Edinson Cavani, while Thomas Meunier is another injury casualty.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been frozen out by the manager Thomas Tuchel and won't be involved.
Key Players – Mbappe, Maria
Injured – Though the teams have eradicated a 0-2 deficit in the past, Ole's job is more daunting considering the fact that he will be without a host of key players for the 2nd leg.
Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez, and Nemanja Matic all have been ruled out due to their respective injuries.
Suspended – Paul Pogba's lackadaisical approach late in the first leg earned him a 2nd booking of the game and he will be serving a one-game ban.
Questionable – Ole confirmed in the media that Anthony Martial remains a doubt for the match.
Note: Midfield is bereft of options now and Ole has no option but to name the likes of Fred and mcTominay in the starting 11.
Key Players – Lukaku, Rashford
Paris Saint-Germain– Buffon (G), Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Verratti, Marquinhos; Nkunku, Draxler, Di Maria; Mbappe
Manchester United– De Gea (GK), Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Dalot, Pereira, Rashford; Lukaku
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
For the first time in 3 years, PSG are on the verge of quarterfinals. United are definitely depleted and that's why we make the hosts favorites for the match.
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