Manchester United begin their Champions League group-stage campaign with an away clash against Paris Saint-Germain, who were defeated finalists in last year’s competition.
Eighteen months ago, these two sides appeared to be going in different directions, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer—in one of his early games in charge of United—masterminded a remarkable comeback against the French giants.
While United finished the 2019-20 strongly during Project Restart, there have been some unconvincing performances so far this term, and they’ll be desperate to assert themselves against the French heavyweights.
Group H favourites PSG will look to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start against Manchester United in the French capital after having reached last season’s final.
The Parisian outfit, which have only lost seven of their 53 home UEFA Champions League matches, will be able to call upon Neymar, who has been confirmed fit to start after he was rested for their last game against Nimes on Friday night. He will join Kylian Mbappé up front, who could surpass Lionel Messi as the youngest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League.
PSG, for their part, are on a five-game winning streak, and will hope to begin their Group H campaign with all three points.
With RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir still to come in the group, both of these two will realise the importance of a strong start.
PSG began the season with a disastrous 1-0 home defeat by long-term rivals Olympique de Marseille, in a match overshadowed by a mass brawl and three red cards for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
It’s fair to say that they’ve bounced back strongly since then, however, with five consecutive top flight victories.
The bad news for Thomas Tuchel is that Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat and Thilo Kehrer will miss the match through injury. Marquinhos, Julian Draxler, Marco Verrati and Danilo Pereira are doubts after sitting out at the weekend.
As for the Red Devils, who bounced back from their Spurs humiliation with a 4-1 victory at Newcastle United, Edinson Cavani’s swift return to Parc des Princes is the headline team news after he completed his quarantine period. The Uruguayan star, though, may start on the bench, since he has not featured in a competitive game since March.