Video: Data preview as Man United welcome PSG in Champions League last 16

Sport360 staff 12/02/2019
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When the Champions League draw was made in December few doubted that Paris Saint-Germain would get the better of a Manchester United side labouring under Jose Mourinho.

But since he was sacked and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as caretaker there has been something of a revolution at Old Trafford, while PSG arrive in Manchester for the first leg of the last 16 showdown with star strikers Neymar and Edinson Cavani sidelined by injury.

United, meanwhile, have been transformed since Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese, winning 10 and drawing one of his 11 games in charge.

And Solskjaer believes his side are facing PSG at the perfect time as their outstanding run of form continues.


Ahead of what now promises to be a mouthwatering tussle, here is a data preview.









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Thomas Tuchel

We’re one sleep away from having the biggest club tournament in Europe back into our lives and one of the best ties awaits us on Tuesday night as Manchester United take on an injury-ridden Paris Saint-Germain.

When the draw results were first public, this match-up was seen to be one that favoured the French outfit. But recent developments including United’s resurgence and PSG’s injury crisis has opened up this fixture.

Neymar and Edinson Cavani – two of PSG’s best players – will miss the tie due to injuries and United will find the odds to be on the level.

We take a look at the key tactics Thomas Tuchel could employ in this key tie.

IMMOBILISE POGBA

Paul Pogba is the most creative player in United’s three-man midfield, with Ander Herrera operating in more of a controller’s role and Nemanja Matic acting as a screen in front of defence, often dropping deep to support the back-line.

Clearly, the Frenchman has been the linchpin of the rejuvenated United and keeping him silent could do a lot of good for the visitors.

Easier said than done, but PSG must use as many resources as possible to crowd Pogba out of the game. While this might provide some freedom for Herrera, United’s major creative outlet will be blocked.

Tasking Marquinhos with man-marking the World Cup winner can also help PSG cut the supply to United’s forwards and force them to play long balls from deep.

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MBAPPE AS A FUSION OF NEYMAR AND CAVANI

Tuchel is likely to play Kylian Mbappe as a number nine given Cavani’s absence calls for the need of a goal-scorer to spearhead the side. But Mbappe is also the best creator for PSG with Neymar on the sideline.

Playing the Frenchman as a striker in a 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2 formation could be worth a shot, given their current situation. This will allow the youngster the freedom to drift wide and play to his strengths and pop up as a threat to United’s goal from the half-space.

This tactic provides more freedom than that of a pure nine and tasking Mbappe with playing the role of both Cavani and Neymar could be the key.

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This is definitely a tough ask, but if the 20-year-old manages to pull it off, it could go down as one of the best performances of the season.

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We’re one sleep away from having the biggest club tournament in Europe back into our lives and one of the best ties awaits us on Tuesday night as Manchester United take on an injury-ridden Paris Saint-Germain.

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HERRERA TO UNSETTLE VERRATTI

The metronome of PSG’s midfield, Marco Verratti has been in  fine form this season. The Italian’s role will be crucial in handing PSG an advantage, going into the second leg. However, the Italian is just back from an injury and to expect him to deliver his 100 percent is a bit optimistic.

Ander Herrera must hence ensure that the 26-year-old never has the time and space to impose himself on the game. The Spaniard can also take the physical route if needed and ensure that Verratti is bullied out of the game.

This will hand United a huge advantage in the midfield battle and allow Paul Pogba to assert his dominance higher up the pitch.

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RASHFORD’S MOVEMENTS AND POGBA’S LIBERATION

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are the two players who have led the resurgence in the second half of the season for United. In fact, their powers are amplified when they combine together.

Rashford’s movement into channels of half-spaces will ensure that the PSG defenders are always on their toes and are forced to play more conservatively. This will open up space for Pogba and the Frenchman can fancy a go from distance – an attribute he is proficient in.

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Another combination move which sees Pogba set Rashford in space and make a run to finish off the square pass could also win United the game, like it has done in the past.

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