The Champions League is back, and it starts with a firecracker. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in the 1st leg of the round of 16 at Old Trafford tonight.
When this draw came out PSG were quite confident as they defeated Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade. To get into the round of 16 at the expense of Napoli. Moreover, United were struggling both in the league and the Champions League.
Nevertheless, within 24 hours this draw came out, Jose Mourinho was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as the interim manager. This gamble from the United board did turn out to be a great decision. Because the things at Old Trafford changed upside down since then.
The Red Devils are currently on the fourth position in the Premier League as they won 8 out of their last 9 league games. PSG, on the other hand, are on the top of the Ligue 1 with 10 points gap with the second-placed Lille OSC. However, the Parisians will be without their two great forwards, Neymar and Edison Cavani.
Things do change quite fast. The club who was confident of winning this fixture and going ahead is now under pressure. While the club whose chances were not good will probably have an upper hand tonight.
United are expected to play attacking the football and reduce the chances of the Parisians of making a comeback in the second leg. While PSG will play defensive as they will be more confident of winning in their own backyard.
United will be without Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia as they all are sidelined due to injury. This means Victor Lindelof will start at the defense along with Phil Jones who recently renewed his contract.
PSG, on the other hand, have traveled without Neymar, Cavani and Thomas Meunier. The Brazilian sustained injury a month back while Cavani got injured in the last league game against Bordeaux. So, Kylian Mbappe will be the sole striker with Angel di Maria and Julian Draxler behind him.