Key Player: Kylian Mbappe
Angel Di Maria strutted around Old Trafford with a point to prove after his poor showings in a United shirt during his sole season under Luis van Gaal, but though the Argentine’s quality has never been in doubt, he’s not usually the star man and it’s Kylian Mbappe that frightens us with Edinson Cavani and Neymar out for the hosts.
The French World Cup winner put the first leg to bed with a strike on the hour mark to double PSG’s lead and he’s their top scorer this term in Ligue 1 and the Champions League combined with 28 goals to his name (Cavani has 19 and Neymar has 18).
His second-half brace against Caen at the weekend helped rescue a 2-1 win for them as they came from behind, and he’s now scored seven times in five outings as he found the net in each of them.
In fact, seven of the 11 games where Mbappe’s failed to score across all competitions this term have come away from the Parc des Princes, while in the absence of his usual strike partners, he’s the one taking penalties.
Weak Link: Presnel Kimpembe
With Mbappe capable of leading the line on his own and the same five in midfield available to Thomas Tuchel (Julian Draxler, Dani Alves, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos), it’s difficult to pinpoint a weak link in this team after they were so effective and compact in the first leg – especially during the second half.
They should also have the same back four (Juan Bernat, Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva and Thilo Kehrer), though it’s Kimpembe that can be targeted here.
The 23-year-old centre-back no doubt has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s not always the most disciplined and can struggle in aerial duals on occasions. With Romelu Lukaku set to start again, he should be winning headers from crosses into the box given his sizeable frame.
PSG far better at home in Europe
The Parisians have often struggled in the big away days in Europe, most notably being on the wrong end of Barcelona’s 6-1 triumph at the Camp Nou in 2016/17’s last 16, having won 4-0 at the Parc des Princes initially.
Although that is of course the extreme example, it’s hardly the only time where they’ve shipped goals on their travels and succumbed to some rotten results.
Liverpool were unfortunate to only win 3-2 after largely dominating proceedings at Anfield during this seasons’ group stage, while Real Madrid and Bayern both downed them 3-1 in their only challenging road trips last term.
In fact, that leaves them with a W2-D3-L9 record when travelling to the best sides they’ve faced in Europe since 2013/14 (Arsenal, Barca x3, Bayern, Chelsea x3, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Napoli and Real Madrid x2).
By contrast, they’re a far more respectable W6-D5-L2 on home turf against those same teams over that period, and so it’s a tall order to topple them in front of their own fans against the odds.
*all odds are subject to change