Manchester United will face Paris Saint Germain at home on Tuesday February 12th in the first-leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. United have found their footing since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, winning 9 of their 10 games since the Norwegian was appointed caretaker manager.
Tuesday will also mark the beginning of an intense February period for the Red Devils, as this their Champions League fixture is followed by an FA Cup meeting with Chelsea, and a Premier League fixture with their long-standing rivals and current league leaders Liverpool.
It’s been a while since United have seen success in the Champions League. Since they last won the competition over 11 years ago in 2008, they have struggled in the knockout stages of the tournament, and have not reached the Quarter Finals since 2014. However, the Red Devils have a history of pedigree in this European competition, with this being their 18th overall participation in the Champions League knockout stages. Combined with their recent European form, having lost only 5 of their last 26 European fixtures, United are not to be underestimated against PSG.
On the other hand, this season will mark PSG’s 7th successive Champions League campaign, each of which they’ve made it at least to the Round of 16. Between 2013 and 2016, the Parisians made four successive Quarter Final appearances, the most recent of which they lost to United’s rivals Manchester City. PSG will be hoping to progress even further this year, but having been plagued by injuries and facing a rejuvenated United side, their work will undoubtedly be cut out for them.
Solskjaer has a history of Champions League pedigree: having scored the winner in 1999 to propel United towards the treble, he is also United’s fourth highest Champions League goal scorer after Rooney, Giggs and Scholes. The ‘Baby-faced assassin’ was known in his time to be a retriever of lost causes – can he carry United in their current winning form to progress into the final stages of the Champions League?
Having been given the opportunity to prove their worth, a number of United players have turned their season around under their new manager, and will be key figures in this Champions League clash. Often an unsung hero, Ander Herrera has been given a new lease of life in the second half of this season. After being overlooked by Mourinho, United have conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League since Ole took over, and the Spaniard returned as a regular in midfield. By protecting the defense, he gives the likes of Pogba more creative freedom upfront to serve the in-form offensive trio of Rashford, Martial and Lingard. At the back, Victor Lindelof seems to have overcome a rocky start to his United career, looking solid defensively in recent weeks. United’s defense still leaves something to be desired, with a string of injuries leaving the Swede without a regular partner, but it’s beginning to look a lot more promising for the Red Devils.
The Parisians have looked strong this season, currently 10 points ahead at the top of Ligue 1, but are lacking in midfield after suffering injuries to Verratti and Neymar – the Brazilian will miss both legs of the Round of 16 clash with a fractured metatarsal.
Manchester United vs PSG Betting Tips
United will hope to return to their winning ways in the Champions League, and prove why they are worthy of a place amongst the best in Europe. Bookies’ favourites to win the match, their victory is being offered at 6/4 by Karamba.
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