Manchester United vs PSG: 3 crucial factors to watch out for
Manchester United face Paris Saint Germain in a crucial UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie tonight. United have seen a great turnaround in their fortunes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as they have won 10 of their 11 matches under him so far. However, Solskjaer would have his first big test tonight, as his team faces one of the most dangerous teams in Europe.
PSG would be without key players Neymar and Edinson Cavani. However, they should still prove to be quite a handful for United.
We take a look at the 3 crucial factors which might decide the outcome of the match:
#1 United's defence dealing with Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe would be the main weapon in PSG's attack in the absence of Cavani and Neymar, and Thomas Tuchel would rely a lot on him. The French youngster has scored goals for fun this season, and would trouble the United defence with his blistering pace and dribbling skills. Mbappe has already scored 22 goals this season, and looks good for some more at least.
United might play Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as centre-backs, and neither of them seems fast enough to cope with Mbappe's pace. Therefore, the United full-backs can not risk going into overlaps too frequently, as it would allow Mbappe to make his speedy counter-attacking runs. Luke Shaw, especially, would have to be on his toes throughout the match, as Mbappe prefers to attack down the right flank.
Mbappe could start as the centre-forward, but would be frequently moving to the flanks to allow the likes of Julian Draxler and Di Maria to enter into the penalty box through the central areas. Draxler is gearing up for the big match, as he has made clear in his tweet. Angel Di Maria would also be dangerous with his powerful shots from outside the penalty area.