Ole Gunner Solskjaer will forever be immortalised in Manchester United’s Champions League history for scoring the last-minute winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final. Now, 20-years-later, he has the chance to potentially guide United to victory in the 2019 Champions League, starting with victory over PSG on Tuesday (February 12, 8.00).
Solskjaer’s timing was impeccable in 1999, and he also looks to have timed the start to his Manchester United managerial career to perfection. Admittedly, the United board tried to give Solskjaer as easy a start as possible with his first five games as manager coming against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle, and Reading. But subsequent wins against Tottenham, Brighton, Arsenal, Leicester, and Fulham mean United are full of confidence coming into their Champions League first-leg tie against the French Champions.
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The recent injury news about some of the PSG squad should also bolster United’s Confidence. Neymar’s lengthy absence continues, and PSG are also likely to be without his fellow striker Edinson Cavani after he went off injured in PSG’s last match. Thomas Meunier, Marcos Veratti, and Adrien Rabiot are other notable probable absentees.
That means that PSG may look to Eric Choupo-Moting to lead their forward line alongside Kylian Mbappe. Choupo-Moting was part of the relegated Stoke team last season, but he did score for Stoke against United in 2017.
United have reported no fresh injury worries, while the in-form Marcus Rashford is sure to be chomping at the bit having been rested for United’s 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday. Solskjaer’s rejuvenation of Paul Pogba could also have a key influence on the game, with the French international midfielder looking sure to want to impose his talents on a game featuring other key members of the French national team.
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10 wins and a draw in his Solskjaer’s first 11 games in charge is surely a better return than even the most ardent of Manchester United fans could dare of hoped for, but recent away wins against Tottenham and Arsenal have showcased United’s ability to take on the big teams. Even their home draw against Burnley isn’t quite as bad as it looked at the time, with Burnley unbeaten in seven Premier League games since December 30.
PSG’s form in that period has also been decent, winning nine of their last 10 games. But, they did look lacklustre when losing to Lille two matches ago.
It’s hard to compare the form between Ligue 1 and the Premier League, but PSG’s Champions League group games against Liverpool this season offer the best chance to do so. Liverpool beat PSG 3-2 at Anfield but PSG took their revenge at Parc des Prince with a 2-1 win. However, it’s worth remembering that PSG were pretty much at full-strength for both those games and they won’t be here.
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Whether Solskjaer proves to be Manchester United’s lucky Champions League charm as a manager as well as a player remains to be seen, but the new United boss certainly seems to have luck on his side at the moment.
United may be facing PSG, a side that definitely has the potential to lift the trophy, but they get to play the French Champions at Old Trafford when PSG are missing several key players. United also look in the sort of form to take advantage of the situation and they’re fancied to take a lead in the opening leg of the tie.
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