PSG v Manchester United : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: October 20, 2020, 5:54 am (1 month ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola

Date :Tuesday 20th, October  2020
Time: 8:00pm
Stadium Parc des Princes
Referee Antonio Mateu (Spain)
Goal Scorer:

Team News
Whether it is Henderson or David de Gea between the sticks, they could be in for a busy night with Mbappe and Neymar both set to start for PSG.

The latter sat out against Nimes following his exploits during the international break, when he scored a hat-trick for Brazil against Peru to surpass the legendary Ronaldo in his country's all-time scoring ranks.

His omission was not down to an injury, though, and Tuchel has confirmed that the Brazilian will be on the pitch for Tuesday's game having been forced to watch on from the stands when the two sides last faced off.

Mbappe is arguably the main man for PSG now, though, with four goals and three assists in four Ligue 1 outings this season; should he score on Tuesday then he would surpass Lionel Messi as the youngest player to score 20 Champions League goals.

PSG are some way off full strength elsewhere, though, with Tuchel claiming that he may only have 11 fit players for United's visit.

Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti will all miss the match through injury, while Marquinhos, Julian Draxler and Danilo Pereira are major doubts after sitting out at the weekend.

There was better news with Colin Dagba's coronavirus test proving to be a false positive, while Layvin Kurzawa and former United winger Angel Di Maria, who assisted more goals than anyone else in last season's Champions League, are available after sitting out on Friday through a domestic suspension.

Cavani and Di Maria are not the only familiar faces, with Ander Herrera also in contention to feature for the hosts.
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Navas; Florenzi, Diallo, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Herrera, Marquinhos, Rafinha; Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain form (all competitions): LWWWWW

Manchester United
The possibility of a swift return to the Parc des Princes for Edinson Cavani was all set to be the headline team news for this match, but Man United's deadline-day arrival will have to wait for his debut after being left out of the travelling party.

The 33-year-old scored a club-record 200 goals for PSG from 2013 to his departure this summer, including 30 in the Champions League - another unrivalled tally amongst PSG players.

Cavani also scored on his Champions League debut for both Napoli and PSG, and could join a select group of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Saviola and Fernando Morientes by netting on his debut for a third different club in the competition.

The Uruguayan will have to wait to attempt that particular feat, though; he has not featured in a competitive match since March and did not travel to France with the rest of the squad, with Solskjaer instead choosing to keep him at home as he works his way up to match fitness.

Captain Harry Maguire has also been left out of the squad due to a slight hamstring injury, meaning that Eric Bailly is likely come into the starting lineup.

The need for Cavani to feature is lessened by the fact that Anthony Martial is available again after sitting out at the weekend due to suspension - he is expected to lead the line with Rashford and Bruno Fernandes in support, the latter of whom will be making his Champions League debut for United.

Mason Greenwood is a major doubt, however, having been left out of the squad to face Newcastle due to an unspecified fitness issue.

Paul Pogba will be hopeful of a recall to the starting XI after being dropped at the weekend, adding another subplot to the story given the speculation that PSG are interested in the Frenchman.

There could also be a debut for another deadline-day arrival in Alex Telles, while Solskjaer may consider handing Dean Henderson the gloves in the Champions League in order to keep him happy with more first-team football.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Manchester United form (all competitions): LWWWLW

Head To Head
The unforgettable round-of-16 showdown between these two clubs in 2018-19 is surprisingly the only time they have met on the European stage before.

PSG were 2-0 winners in the first leg at Old Trafford to seemingly put one foot firmly in the quarter-finals, only for United to stage a stirring second-leg comeback, capped off by Rashford's stoppage-time penalty.

Tuesday will be the first time since 2005-06 that United have faced a French side in the group stage of the Champions League, and they have only ever won one of their six away group games in France - at Bordeaux in March 2000.

Prediction: Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Manchester United

Posted: (1 month ago) on 20-10-2020 05:54 AM | Hero


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