PSG v United: Your guide to the big game
Manchester United will be looking to overturn a two-goal deficit and reach the Champions League quarter-finals when we play the second leg of our last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
The Reds are trailing in the tie after second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe at Old Trafford in the first leg three weeks ago.
It will be a tough task at Parc des Princes but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, who have won a club-record seven away games in a row, can take inspiration from our stunning comeback victory against Southampton on Saturday and the fact we beat Chelsea 2-0 away from home last month.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big match…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
The match kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday. MUTV subscribers will be able to watch live build-up on ‘Match Day’ from 18:30 GMT, followed by live radio commentary and post-match reaction. You can also follow the action on ManUtd.com and in the Official App, which you can download here.
WHAT'S THE TEAM NEWS?
United will be without Paul Pogba, who is suspended for the trip to his homeland after picking up two yellow cards in the first leg three weeks ago. With Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic expected to miss the game though injury, Scott McTominay, Fred and Andreas Pereira will all be in contention for a place. Ahead of them, Alexis Sanchez looks likely to miss Wednesday’s match after he picked up a knee injury during the 3-2 win against Southampton. Ole has also confirmed that Anthony Martial may well be unavailable for the clash, after injuring his hamstring against Liverpool. Juan Mata has already suggested in his weekly blog that he will not feature in the French capital and Jesse Lingard is also set to remain sidelined. However, in more positive news, the Reds will be able to call upon Marcus Rashford at the Parc de Princes after the striker recovered from an ankle injury to play 90 minutes against Southampton on Saturday.
WHAT ABOUT PSG?
The French champions remain without talismanic striker Neymar due to a metatarsal injury suffered during their Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg in January. Fellow forward Edinson Cavani missed the game at Old Trafford due to a hip injury and, while the Parisians hope to have the Uruguayan back in training before the clash, it remains unlikely that he will start on Wednesday night. Thomas Meunier was out between 9 and 26 February with a head injury but returned to score the third goal in their 3-0 French Cup quarter-final win over Dijon.
HOW ARE PSG GETTING ON?
While we may have only just moved into March, it is safe to say that Thomas Tuchel’s men will go on to be crowned French champions for the sixth time in seven seasons. They currently sit 17 points ahead of Lille at the top of the Ligue 1 table with a game in hand and have lost just three of the 40 competitive matches they have played so far this season. On Saturday, they continued their impressive run with a 2-1 victory away at Caen, thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappe. PSG have won their last eight games in all competitions, keeping six clean sheets during that run and scoring 20 goals.
ONE TO WATCH
French prodigy Kylian Mbappe has continued to show his world-class ability this season. Despite being only 20 years of age, the World Cup winner is the Parisians’ top scorer this season, with an incredible 29 goals in 32 games in all competitions. Scorer of the second against the Reds in the first leg, Mbappe has netted seven goals in his last five games in all competitions in total.
WHAT'S OUR RECORD AGAINST FRENCH CLUBS?
United boast an impressive record against French opponents, suffering just three defeats in 29 matches against 10 different clubs. The first meeting was an impressive 5-0 aggregate thrashing of Strasbourg in the old Fairs Cup back in 1965. To younger Reds, the standout performance will be the 3-0 victory over Saint Etienne at Old Trafford during our triumphant Europa League campaign in the 2016/17 season, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his one and only hat-trick for United.
WHO'S THE REFEREE?
Damir Skomina has been confirmed as the man in charge for Wednesday’s clash. The experienced Slovenian official will be a familiar name to United fans, as he oversaw our Europa League final victory over Ajax in Stockholm in May 2017. Fellow countrymen Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan are his assistants, while Matej Jug will be the fourth official at the Parc des Princes. The Italian Massimiliano Irrati will be the Video Assistant Referee, assisted by Marco Guida.
The Champions League last-16 stage will be completed over the next couple of weeks. Here is the full schedule for the last-16 second-leg games...
Tuesday 5 March
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur
Real Madrid v Ajax
Wednesday 6 March
FC Porto v Roma
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United
Tuesday 12 March
Juventus v Atletico Madrid
Manchester City v Schalke 04
Wednesday 13 March
Barcelona v Lyon
Bayern Munich v Liverpool
All games will kick off at 20:00 GMT.
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