A resurgent Manchester United will welcome a depleted Paris Saint-Germain outfit for the first-leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter at Old Trafford on February 13.
PSG will be missing key players due to injuries while United are riding high on the back of a 11-match unbeaten run under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United have transformed after the arrival of their former striker as caretaker boss. Taking over from Jose Mourinho, he has won 10 and drawn just one of his first 11 games in charge.
United even moved into fourth spot on the premier league table from the earlier sixth spot with a 3-0 win over Fulham on the weekend.
PSG on the other hand are struggling with injuries to two of their explosive front three. Neymar will miss both legs of this tie after fracturing his foot while Edison Cavani will miss out due to a hip problem. Right-back Thomas Meunier will also be missing after suffering a concussion against Bordeaux in the league.
Midfielder Marco Verratti who only just returned from a three-week injury layoff and new signing Leandro Paredes both lack match sharpness.
With such a long injury list, all eyes will be on the 20-year-old World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe. Speaking ahead of the tie, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel warned against putting too much pressure on the 20-year-old winger. “It’s not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar, he can’t be himself and the other two at the same time. He has to be free to play his game, play with confidence. We have to help him with the right support and good service. In my opinion he needs to play with a good mindset, be positive and realise it’s part of his development,” he said.
Tuchel also hinted that United remain favourites to secure victory in front of their home fans but stressed that PSG need to remain in the game to give themselves a chance of progressing after the second leg at Paris.