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Manchester United vs PSG: 5 Players who hold the key for United | Champions League 2018-19

Suman Dey
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3.38K   //    11 Feb 2019, 15:13 IST

Solskjaer has a tough run of fixtures ahead of him.
Solskjaer has a tough run of fixtures ahead of him.

The UEFA Champions League would be back once again for the round of 16 as Manchester United host Paris Saint Germain in the most anticipated clash of the week. United finished second behind Juventus in the group after losing to Valencia in the last game of the group stage whereas PSG pinched Liverpool to the top spot in Group C. 

Initially, when the round of 16 draws got announced, it looked like a walk in the park for the French Champions as United were shambolic under the then manager Jose Mourinho. They were struggling at sixth in the Premier League and was already out of the League Cup. 

However, the sacking of Mourinho has bought a new lease of life within the players who are unbeaten in eleven games under the caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian not only instilled a sense of happiness within the squad but made some tactical changes as well in the victories over Spurs and Arsenal. 

On the other hand, PSG are struggling a bit at the moment with players like Neymar out with injury and reports emerged that Edison Cavani might also miss the first leg tie at Old Trafford. What looked like a 70-30 in favor of PSG before, is down to 50-50 at the moment. However, Thomas Tuchel's side still does have some world class players who can rip apart any opposition with their sheer quality.

United have more than just a chance to progress through to the next round if they do the basics well and their star players turn up on the grandest occasion. Here are the five players who have been in good form lately and would hold the key for United in this mouth-watering tie.


#5 Ander Herrera

Herrera is a leader on the pitch.
Herrera is a leader on the pitch.

Ander signed for United from Athletic Bilbao under the then manager, Louis Van Gaal. The Spaniard lacks the physicality needed to play in England, but he makes up for it with his discipline and cleverness in the center of the park. 

Herrera was United's Player of the Year in Mourinho's first season in charge. However, he seemed to lose his way in the last campaign spending most of the time either on the bench or out of the side. Sill, whenever the Spaniard got called upon, he diligently carried out his duties. 

The appointment of Solskjaer has given him the belief and confidence he lacked, and now, he is one of the first names in the team sheet alongside Nemanja Matic. Both of them has been instrumental under Ole and would be involved in a tight midfield battle against PSG.  

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