Manchester United vs Paris St Germain Preview & Prediction – Champions League 12/02/2019
Updated: 24th July 2021
UEFA Champions League 2018-19 – Round of 16, first leg – Manchester United vs Paris St Germain – Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – 20:00 hrs GMT
Old Trafford will play hosts to Tuesday night's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash between Manchester United and Paris St. Germain.
Manchester United vs Paris St Germain Predictions
Correct Score predictions for the 12/02/2019 Manchester United vs Paris St Germain Champions League match.
* The Manchester United vs PSG odds are taken from online bookmaker Betfred and were correct as of 11/02/2019 – subject to change.
Manchester United vs PSG Where To Watch
TV Channel: BT Sport 2
Online Steam: BT Sport app
When Is Kick Off?: Tuesday 12th February
What Time Is Kick Off?: 20:00 GMT
Where Is It Played?: Old Trafford
Manchester United vs PSG Preview
Thomas Tuchel's PSG go into February 12th's game without 2 of his major players – Edinson Cavani and Neymar, Jr. which is a huge blow for the Parisenne club considering the huge amounts spent by its owners in the hope of European glory. In fact, the absence of the South American duo has already been felt in the Ligue 1 where PSG succumbed to their first league defeat of the season to Lyon earlier in the month and followed that up with a fortuitous 1-0 win over Bordeaux.
Cavani, incidentally is the club's highest ever scorer and already has 22 goals to his name this season.
The onus of the attack will hence be on KylianMbappe along with the likes of Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler who will assist him upfront. Verratti is fortunate to be around having recovered from a lengthy ankle injury sustained back in January.
The defense apart from the indomitable Thiago Silva looks brittle and is filled with much less experienced names. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Tuchel's surprise acquisition from Stoke City could make the cut on Tueaday and could be introduced mid-way into the game depending on the nature of the proceedings.
The PSG starting XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation will be:
Gigi Buffon (goal); Thilo Kehrer, Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Bernat, Dani Alves; Angel Di Maria, Marquinhos; Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler; KylianMbappe.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would very much want to keep his momentum going at Old Trafford having catapulted his team from the bottom edge of the Premier League top-half to the Top Four currently.
The Norwegian coach who took over the reins from a beleaguered Mourinho in December will now want to repeat his Premier League feat at the European level and what better chance than to start of the knock-outs at home against a somewhat weakened PSG.
Unlike his Parisienne counterpart, Solskjaer has no major injury issues, something that plagued the Red Devils till a month ago. Which means he can now field a full-strength team. The attacking trio of Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial that made such great impact in recent games will be around and will look to trouble the shaky PSG back line.
The only thing that could go against the hosts would be complacency.
It's essential that United win emphatically on Tuesday, for the second leg in Paris due in early March could be much more tough.
Manchester United playing in a 4-3-3 could have the following line-up for Tuesday:
De Gea (goal), Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Anders Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.
Bookmakers are wagering on a close contest with a slight edge to the hosts.
Manchester United to win: 31/20
PSG to win: 17/10
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