Man Utd squad vs PSG: An injury-hit Manchester United is set to face the Parisian side in the Champions League.
Manchester United travelled to Paris earlier today as the side aims to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the round-of-16 of the Champions League.
Solskjaer faces a huge selection dilemma in the game as United’s absentee-list hit double figures yesterday with an injury to Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean attacker suffered ligament damage during the game against Southampton.
All of Manchester United’s first-choice midfielders are unavailable for the game. While Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are out with injuries, Paul Pogba is suspended for the game due to a red card in the first leg at Old Trafford.
In the attack, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard failed to gain match fitness for the clash and were ruled out of the clash. Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford are the only two first-team attackers in the squad.
Solskjaer on Lukaku: “He’s responded fantastically to everyone who wants to criticise him, because there’s no-one who practices finishing as much as he does. He scores so many goals in training. If we did a score chart in training, he’s the one that scores the most by a mile.” pic.twitter.com/HYIhw5g8hG
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Solskjær is currently looking for a permanent property in Manchester. He owns a property in Cheshire, but cannot move back into it as Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is currently renting it. Ole has been living in the Lowry hotel but is looking to move out #mulive [mail]
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However, Solskjaer named a number of U23s players in his squad for the clash against PSG. While Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong are included among the attackers, the midfield also saw fresh arrivals.
Angel Gomes and Joel Garner travelled with the side for the game against PSG. While Manchester United’s defence is largely safe from the injury-crisis, Brandon Williams has travelled for the Champions League clash.
Williams was the captain of U18s and recently became a regular for U23s.
Solskjaer stated that the side is upbeat about the game, insisting that there’s a chance to overturn the deficit in the tie.
“We have to get goals in that game (PSG),” Solskjaer said.
“If we get an early one, then suddenly we are in with a shout. Certainly, for our players, they know what we’re capable of & we’ve spoken about it. They know that they are part of a special club that can do something like this.
Solskjær: “Have I told Ed Woodward which players need to stay and go? Yes I have.” #mulive
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“We are not going to go there (PSG) and lay down. We are going to give it a go. We have got to go for it. We have a mountain to climb. We have quality players.”
The Norwegian caretaker manager also praised Romelu Lukaku, who underwent a sudden surge in form after scoring a brace in two consecutive league games last week.
“He’s responded fantastically to everyone who wants to criticise him,” said Solskjaer. “There’s no-one who practices finishing as much as he does. He scores so many goals in training. If we did a score chart in training, he’s the one that scores the most by a mile.”
Here’s Manchester United’s squad vs PSG:
De Gea, Romero, Grant, Bailly, Dalot, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Williams, Young; Fred, Garner, Gomes, McTominay, Andreas, Chong, Greenwood, Lukaku, Rashford
Here’s how we predict Manchester United could lineup against PSG – Man Utd predicted XI vs PSG.
Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and face another tough game after the PSG clash this week, as the side travels to London to take on Arsenal.
The race for the top four is poised for an exciting finish, as only two points separate Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the 4th, 5th and 6th place respectively.
United climbed to fourth with a memorable comeback victory against Southampton after Unai Emery’s men dropped points at Wembley against city rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side has also had a shaky few weeks in the league. Manchester United are only three points behind Tottenham in the table.
Pochettino has been one of the favourites to secure the Manchester United job according to media reports, but it increasingly looks like Solskjaer will be the new permanent manager.
“I can’t see anyone past Ole at the moment. The record they’ve had in the league has been phenomenal. It’s a tough league & to put together the run that he’s done, it’s impressive,” Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United star, who also served as an interim manager in 2014, said earlier this week.