PSG v Manchester United, Wednesday 6th March, 20:00
The 2-0 defeat in the first leg was the first time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had seen his team lose and that’s still the case after a magnificent response from the side.
Chelsea were dispatched 2-0 in the FA Cup with a superb display, then we put a significant dent in Liverpool’s title bid with a goalless stalemate, before victories over Palace and Southampton have maintained the momentum.
That leaves us W13-D2-L1 under the Norwegian to date, as we’ve emerged victorious in all eight on our travels and netted at least three times in half of those trips.
The reverse fixture saw Thomas Tuchel deploy Marquinhos in an anchoring role at the base of midfield to use his athleticism to combat and nullify the threat posed by Paul Pogba.
It proved highly effective, but while Pogba is suspended this time around, it may well be Romelu Lukaku who provides the biggest threat on this occasion.
The Belgian impressed with a brace when handed a chance in Marcus Rashford’s absence against Palace, before adding another two goals starting in the same line-up as the young Englishman versus Southampton, and deserves another crack in the team here.
We looked at our most dangerous in the first leg when chasing late on as we pumped balls into the box, and his physical presence could prove the difference.
It was PSG feeling the heat with regards to injuries prior to the first leg with Marco Verratti having only just returned from injury and Edinson Cavani and Neymar both absent, but although those latter two remain sidelined, they demonstrated they can win without them and it’s our side that are now enduring problems.
Pogba’s sending off late on in the first leg looks especially costly now given subsequent injuries, with fellow midfielders Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera still absent, leaving an underperforming Fred as our sole senior option in central midfield.
He’ll surely be joined by Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay, though it’s hardly a trio we’re confident in to compete effectively against the Parisians on their own patch.
We’ve only failed to register on the board twice in our last 22 matches – against PSG and Liverpool – and with Anthony Martial still out injured, Paul Pogba suspended and Marcus Rashford inevitably going to be pushed out wide in order to accommodate an in-form Lukaku, the Belgian is our best shot of getting goals.
Rashford overtaking him in the pecking order seems to have acted as a wake-up call to the Belgian, while PSG showed defensive vulnerability as 18th-placed Caen opened the scoring against them on Saturday.
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