Manchester United vs PSG Live: Manchester United hosts PSG in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Kickoff from Old Trafford is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
Manchester United came in second in Group H with 10 points, trailing Juventus, which finished with 12 points. The Red Devils earned three wins, one draw and two losses in group stage play. Under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Man United has been transformed, winning 10 of 11 matches and vaulting into fourth in the Premier League.
PSG topped a difficult Group C with 11 points, outlasting Liverpool and Napoli to finish in first. The Ligue 1 leaders are severely shorthanded, though, with Neymar certain to miss the match and Edinson Cavani also an injury doubt and Marco Verratti at less than 100%.
The Red Devils are in exceptional form heading into this encounter and will feel capable of earning a first-leg advantage in this clash. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the players have been rejuvenated and the style of attacking football much more vibrant and incisive.
While they have a number of injuries to contend with, most notably the absence of Neymar, PSG will still pose a dangerous threat to United. Manager Thomas Tuchel will be under pressure to ensure the side progresses in this tournament, with domestic success already effectively wrapped up.
The Champions League round of 16 kicks off on Tuesday with a big one from “The Theatre of Dreams” as red-hot Manchester United hosts a banged-up Paris Saint-Germain squad without Neymar and Edinson Cavani. In December when the draw took place, this looked like an advantageous tie for PSG as United was struggling under Jose Mourinho. A lot has changed since the draw. The Red Devils fired Mourinho and have gone undefeated since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They look like a true threat to eliminate the French club in the round of 16, especially due to some big injuries.
Manchester United: Since taking over in mid-December, United has won 10 games and drawn one in the 11 matches he’s coached. He’s gotten them back into the top four in the Premier League and has revived Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and others. It’s been like night and day, as he’s turned this team into a dangerous one like in seasons past. This team is no longer a big underdog against PSG.
PSG: No Neymar makes things incredibly tough, but when you considered that Cavani may also miss the match due to injury, you have to wonder if the scales are even balanced in this tie. PSG still has Kylian Mbappe but no true replacement as a No. 9 striker. We’ll have to wait and see how that impacts the style Thomas Tuchel decides to use against a United team that has strong, tall central defenders.