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5 reasons why Manchester United can surprise Paris Saint-Germain | UEFA Champions League 2020-21

Shambhu Ajith
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 21 Oct 2020, 16:20 IST
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#3 Paris Saint-Germain are without a couple of key players

Marco Verratti
Marco Verratti

As is often the case, games like these are won in midfield. Manchester United have several options in midfield and on their day, they're all top players. If Solskjaer chooses to go with the trio of Matic, Pogba and Bruno and all three show up tonight, the PSG midfield could struggle.

They are without their main midfield man Marco Verratti who is nursing a knee injury that he suffered on international duty and could be out for three weeks. Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that both Verratti and Paredes won't feature against the Red Devils.

Paredes injured his thigh muscle in their match against Nimes in Ligue 1 last Friday. Mauro Icardi is also sidelined with a knee problem while Juan Bernat and Thilo Kehrer are also unavailable.

#2 Manchester United have thrived against attacking opposition

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League
Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

It's the defensive low block that Manchester United have consistently had problems trying to break down. They were good at it for a fair amount of time in the latter half of last season but have struggled once again with opposition that likes to sit back and defend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side packs a lot of pace and is one of the most dangerous teams on the counter. Paris Saint-Germain are a team that likes to dominate possession. As such, we expect Manchester United to adopt a high-intensity approach and look to break every time they dispossess Paris Saint-Germain.

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PSG will commit bodies forward allowing a lot of space to be available for the likes of Rashford, Greenwood, Martial, Bruno and Pogba to run into and it is in this kind of scenario that we've seen Manchester United at their best. After all, they beat Manchester City thrice last season and it was no fluke.

#1 Players finally starting to look fit

Turning into quite a partnership
Turning into quite a partnership
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To be fair to Manchester United, they had very little time to recuperate prior to the 2020-21 season. They had an extremely drawn out season and had to kick off their Premier League campaign on the back of a singular pre-season friendly that was played behind closed doors.

Players had to be available for international duty in between as well. In addition to that, the fatigue from the fixtures that came thick and fast after the Covid break was starting to show. The Red Devils have looked off pace quite a lot but against Newcastle United last week, they looked like themselves once again.

The international break also saw several Manchester United players putting in top performances. It looks like United are finally finding their feet and if they can produce that extra bit of sharpness and quality against Paris Saint-Germain, we are in for a thrilling night of football.

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Published 20 Oct 2020, 16:14 IST
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