Manchester United will face Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since they staged a remarkable comeback to beat the French giants on away goals back in 2019 when they return to Champions League action later tonight.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been beset by an injury crisis before their opening game of the group stages on Tuesday night. The Norwegian could be forced to make several changes as he finds himself without five first-team players including club captain Harry Maguire.
The Red Devils recovered from their humiliating defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford by beating Newcastle United away at St James’ Park on Saturday, but Solskjaer will need his side to be at their very best when they take on the defending Ligue 1 champions at the Parc des Princes.
Here, Football FanCast has taken a look at how Solskjaer could set his side up for the contest, a side which sees him make four changes to the XI that beat Steve Bruce’s Magpies at the weekend.
David de Gea will most likely keep his place between the sticks, which means Dean Henderson will have to wait for his Champions League debut.
The 45-cap Spain international should start behind a back four with of Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the flanks. It’s safe to say that Solskjaer is short of centre-back options, as Eric Bailly and Maguire are both currently unavailable, whilst Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones were left out of the squad, so he could hand Axel Tuanzebe a rare start alongside Victor Lindelof.
Bruno Fernandes will wear the captain’s armband for the first time in Maguire’s absence, whilst Paul Pogba will be recalled to the starting line-up to resume his pivotal partnership with the Portuguese magnifico.
Mason Greenwood also misses out, having been left out of the squad that travelled to Tyneside due to an unspecified injury issues. This means that Juan Mata will stay on the right wing after the veteran impressed Alan Shearer in the victory over Steve Bruce’s side.
Finally, there is some good news as well, as Anthony Martial is available once again after missing the game against the Magpies as a result of the red card he received in the humiliation at home to Spurs.
Both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are set to start for PSG, which means that it could be a long night for De Gea if the makeshift centre-back pairing fails to perform. Solskjaer will be well aware that he cannot afford to slip-up again after a disappointing Europa League campaign, although some things are out of his hands.
After a summer spending spree, failure to reach the Last 16 is surely unnaceptable, that’s for sure.