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Mbappe < Neymar + Cavani: Tuchel takes pressure of Kylian

13 February 2019
Mbappe < Neymar + Cavani: Tuchel takes pressure of Kylian

Despite that, it needs to be mentioned as to how their fortunes have turned well since former United star player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge after former coach Jose Mourinho's sacking.

Solskjaer confirmed the absentees for the Red Devils, when he addressed the media ahead of the game, and highlighted that his two right-backs would not be available.

"You need to change the script", he said.

As usual, Solskjaer smiled and moved on, but the reality is that he keeps being asked about his future because he is building an irresistible case to be handed the task of managing United on a full-time basis.

"That was a typical Old Trafford night".

As the PSG players swarmed all over each other, celebrating their French teammates first goal for the club in his 97 games, Di Maria looked into the stands and repeatedly shouted "fuck off" at the Manchester United fans.

Di Maria was a big money signing by Manchester United and Louis van Gaal in 2014.

And Sanchez, who has struggled for form since swapping Arsenal for United in January past year, is determined to fulfil his dream at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer, by contrast, knows which buttons to press, and it was like watching Ferguson at times during his news conference. "We're here to score, maybe more than one".

'What Manchester United is now to me are a counter attacking team with very mobile players and one player in the middle like Pogba who can create the first difference. The man who delivered the trophy with his last-gasp goal in the final 20 years ago has aspirations to be the permanent boss at United and knocking out PSG would be a significant boost for his CV.

"We've got to rediscover the Manchester United way of playing, and I don't think many teams enjoy their nights at Old Trafford when we're on song", Solskjaer, who has 10 wins and a draw so far, said.

PSG also go to United with doubts over whether key midfielder Marco Verratti should start the game, having played barely one hour against Bordeaux after recovering from a sprained ankle. Nevertheless, it is definitely bound to be a cracker of a contest, given the fort that is Old Trafford, given the colossal figures United still are at their home and given how PSG can turn tables on their day at any corner of the world. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it's now.

Solskjaer's managerial record in domestic competitions with United speaks for itself, but Tuesday's match will be his first test against elite European competition. It's not his job to replace Cavani and Neymar and he can't play all three roles at once.