Manchester United will head into their Champions League clash against Paris Saint-German with renewed vigour under temporary manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The French champions appeared delighted to have drawn the Red Devils in the last 16, but that happiness could disappear when the two sides go head-to-head in February and March.
United have rediscovered their swagger under Solskjaer and will be confident that they can see off the challenge presented by PSG.
The first leg will be played at Old Trafford on February 12, with the reverse fixture scheduled for the Parc des Princes on March 16. Read on as we look at the big clash.
Plan your trip to Paris for the Champions League game
Supporters travelling to France for the second leg can fly direct from Manchester Airport to Paris. Tickets will be in huge demand, but there are still plenty of online outlets with availability.
Paris’ monument-lined boulevards, museums, classical bistros, multimedia galleries and creative wine bars offer visitors the perfect mix of old and new attractions.
If you are visiting the game with your wife or girlfriend, check out one of the many world famous art museums such as the Louvre.
Another romantic option is a dinner cruise along the Seine River – TravelMag.com offers a few options.
French website Allovoyages.fr can be useful for finding hotel deals in Paris. If you are looking for a room near the Parc des Princes stadium, we recommend ibis Styles Paris Boulogne. Rooms start from around GBP100 per night.
United’s big guns have a point to prove
The likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have plenty to prove now Jose Mourinho has exited the United hot-seat.
There was a suspicion that Pogba in particular had downed tools towards the end of Mourinho’s reign and his performances under Solskjaer certainly appear to back up that viewpoint.
A match against the reigning Ligue 1 champions provides Pogba and others with the perfect opportunity to prove that they have what it takes to deliver in big games.
PSG talented but not unbeatable
PSG’s front three of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar are clearly talented, but United should not fear facing them.
The French side finished ahead of Liverpool in the group stage, although they were beaten 3-2 at Anfield in their opening game.
Since Qatar Sports Investments’ takeover in 2011, the club has failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals and their delight at drawing United could be greatly misplaced.
Prediction: United have bounced back to form under Solskjaer and he will be eager to push his case to be appointed as permanent manager by guiding the team to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Old Trafford will be rocking for the first leg and United are fancied to build up enough of a lead to see off PSG and reach the last eight.
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