Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 

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Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t wait to face the French giants


Monday, February 11, 2019 – 12:36pm

Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain
  • What: Uefa Champions League round of 16 first leg 
  • When: Tuesday 12 February 
  • Where: Old Trafford, Manchester 
  • Kick-off time: 8pm 
  • TV channel: live on BT Sport 2 
  • Radio broadcast: BBC Radio 5 Live

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he had “goosebumps” at the prospect of taking on French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Solskjaer was not even in charge of United when they were drawn against PSG in the last 16 of the competition. He watched the draw from his home in Norway.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he said: “I thought, ‘Wow what a challenge’. Then two or three days later suddenly it’s my challenge and I can tell you I’ve got goosebumps.”

Since replacing Jose Mourinho Solskjaer has led United on an unbeaten run which has seen the Red Devils win ten of his 11 matches in charge.

PSG will provide a tough test though in what will be the first meeting between the two clubs in the Champions League. However, PSG have been hit by injuries to star forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

“It’ll be a fantastic night under the floodlights,” said Solskjaer. “The fans will be relishing it and it will be a new experience as well for PSG.”

Buffon: PSG must improve

Despite beating Bordeaux 1-0 at the weekend PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says the squad must improve their performance if they are to get a result at Old Trafford.

The Italian legend said: “I appreciated the victory but I did not like the match. We have to improve mentally and in our attitude, to have more of a spirit of sacrifice for the team.”

Team news and starting XIs

Man Utd team news

United boss Solskjaer has been given a boost after defender Victor Lindelof trained ahead of tomorrow’s clash. Marcus Rashford, who was rested for the win at Fulham on Saturday, also took part in the session

The Manchester Evening News reports that Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian were not part of the 23-man open training squad. Marcos Rojo is also unavailable because of injury.

PSG team news

France World Cup star Kylian Mbappe will have to lead PSG’s attack after injuries to Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Brazilian forward Neymar is out for ten weeks after breaking a metatarsal last month and he is expected to miss both games against United. Uruguayan forward Cavani is almost certainly out of the first leg after injuring a tendon in his hip at the weekend.

In a statement PSG said: “Medical examinations have revealed an injured tendon in Edinson Cavani’s right hip. The treatment of this injury and the length of his unavailability will depend on the evolution of the injury over the coming days.”

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel added: “There is no good news for Edi this morning. There are still examinations today at our training centre, the club will speak a little later, but in my opinion the news is not going to be very good. It will be very difficult for him to play.

“There is a very small hope. We always hope but the first exams are not good.”

PSG will also be without Thomas Meunier because of concussion but Tuchel has confirmed that Italian midfielder Marco Verratti will play at Old Trafford.

Tuchel said: “Verratti can play and will play. I’m worried because we are missing key players. For the big games in the Champions League, it is absolutely necessary to have key players with a lot of experience.”

Possible starting XIs

How Man Utd could line up according to the Daily Express and how PSG could line up according to GiveMeSport.

  • Man Utd possible starting XI (4-2-3-1): David De Gea; Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford 
  • PSG possible starting XI (3-4-3): Areola, Marquinhos, Silva, Kimpembe; Kehrer/Diaby, Paredes, Draxler Bernat/Kurzawa; Mbappe, Choupo-Moting, Di Maria
TV channel and live stream

Tuesday’s last-16 first leg clash at Old Trafford will be show live on BT Sport 2. Coverage starts at 7pm and the match kicks off at 8pm. BT Sport will also show a live stream of the match here.

Man Utd vs. PSG betting odds

Match odds
  • Man Utd to win: 7/5 
  • PSG to win: 9/4 
  • Draw: 5/2
Tie odds
  • PSG to qualify: 8/13 
  • Man Utd to qualify: 11/8
Champions League winner
  • PSG to win the Champions League: 7/1 
  • Man Utd to win the Champions League: 28/1

Uefa Champions League last-16 fixtures and TV guide

Last-16 first legs  
Tuesday 12 February
  • Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain (8pm, live on BT Sport 2) 
  • AS Roma vs. FC Porto (8pm, live on BT Sport 3)
Wednesday 13 February
  • Ajax vs. Real Madrid (8pm, live on BT Sport 3) 
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Borussia Dortmund (8pm, live on BT Sport 2)
Tuesday 19 February
  • Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra) 
  • Lyon vs. Barcelona (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra)
Wednesday 20 February
  • Atlético Madrid vs. Juventus (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra) 
  • FC Schalke vs. Manchester City (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra)
Last-16 second legs  
Tuesday 5 March
  • Borussia Dortmund vs. Tottenham Hotspur (8pm, live on BT Sport) 
  • Real Madrid vs. Ajax (8pm, live on BT Sport)
Wednesday 6 March
  • FC Porto vs. Roma (8pm, live on BT Sport) 
  • Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United (8pm, live on BT Sport)
Tuesday 12 March
  • Juventus vs. Atlético Madrid (8pm, live on BT Sport) 
  • Manchester City vs. FC Schalke (8pm, live on BT Sport)
Wednesday 13 March
  • Barcelona vs. Lyon (8pm, live on BT Sport) 
  • Bayern Munich vs. Liverpool (8pm, live on BT Sport)

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