Manchester United And PSG Make Shock Selections For Champions League Clash
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his team he hopes will make history in Paris tonight.
Scott McTominay will start in midfield despite not having featured in the Champions League all season. United are probably going to go with three at the back and there's a rare start for Fred.
And PSG have surprisingly named Edison Cavani on the bench despite pre-match talk suggesting he was still injured.
Manchester United are 2-0 down from the first leg at Old Trafford and their chances have been badly hit by a string of injuries. Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Ander Herrea, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are all sidelined. They are also without the suspended Paul Pogba.
The odds may be stacked against United but they will take inspiration from last night’s remarkable game at the Bernabeu. Ajax, 2-1 down from the first leg in Amsterdam, beat the reigning European Champions 4-1 to secure their place in the last eight.
PSG’s win at Old Trafford remains Solslkjaer’s only defeat since taking over the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.
No club has ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals.
PSG have a formidable record in Europe on their own ground. The have lost just one of their last 16 Champions League home games and none of the last six English side to face PSG in Paris have won.
Brazilian superstar Neymar is still missing for PSG but Edison Cavani is back after injury. Unfortunately for United, Kylian Mbappe does play and he has scored in six of his seven Champions League appearances against British clubs.
United’s recent away record in the knockout stages of the competition is poor. Their last win away from home was against Schalke in 2011.
Solskjaer’s men are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
United team: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Pereira, Rashford, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Dalot, Rojo, Garner, Gomes, Chong, Greenwood