- Manchester United faces an uphill struggle away to Paris St. Germain in the UEFA Champions League
- PSG won the first leg 2-0 at Old Trafford
- Man United also lost Paul Pogba to a red card in that mach
Manchester United is clearly up against it. The Red Devils will face a devil of a time advancing beyond the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.
Solskjær: "We have done fantastically well away from home but if we go to PSG with the belief, we have nothing to lose. We will give it a go. This club has done so many great comebacks, the tie is not done."#ggmu pic.twitter.com/riQfMhuXTl
— KOFI GOMZ (@KofiGomz) March 3, 2019
Paris St. Germain recorded an impressive 2-0 win in the first leg February 12th at Old Trafford, sending Manchester United on the road for Wednesday’s second leg requiring a supreme rally in order to survive.
PSG vs Manchester Utd
|Teams||Money Line||Spread||Total||Odds to Advance|
|PSG||-196||-1 (-122)||O 3 (+103)||-4000|
|Manchester Utd||+520||+1 (+106)||U 3 (-119)||+1400|
*All odds taken 03/04/19
United fans are counting on more comeback magic from interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the match gets underway on Wednesday, March 6th at 3:00 p.m. EST at Parc des Princes.
As a United player in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, Teddy Sheringham and Solskjaer scored in injury time to beat Bayern Munich 2-1.
PSG Handed Solskjaer first Defeat
Former United player Angel Di Maria and French World Cup hero Kylian Mbappe netted second-half goals as PSG dominated the first leg. Only some sparkling saves from Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea prevented the scoreline from becoming an embarrassment. Manchester United managed just one shot on goal.
— Neymar Jr. Site (@NeymarJrSite) February 13, 2019
It was United’s first loss since Solskjaer took the team’s helm following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December. They’d gone unbeaten in their first 11 under his tutelage.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) February 13, 2019
There were five yellow cards issued during the match, including a pair to United’s Paul Pogba, resulting in his sending off and suspension for the second leg.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 28, 2019
There was more embarrassment for both sides when UEFA fined both clubs for crowd problems during the match, which included fist fights between supporters and PSG fans ripping out seats at Old Trafford.
United Down 10 Men
Midfielder Pogba is one of 10 Manchester United players unavailable for the second leg.
Man Utd could be without 10 players for their Champions League round-of-16 second leg vs PSG with Paul Pogba suspended and Alexis Sanchez injured. https://t.co/Et6ixc6wqy
— Soccer Lab (@socclab) March 3, 2019
French international striker Anthony Martial (groin) is among those out of action, as are Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata. Forward Alexis Sanchez is questionable following a knee injury in Saturday’s 3-2 English Premier League win over Southampton.
Besides TGIF, here's another piece of good news on a Friday. They don't come any bigger than this, let's go Rashyyy and stay injury free tomorrow please, PSG are around the corner. pic.twitter.com/LQxDoYO9Os
— chivereat (@MUFCmutant) March 1, 2019
Martial is the closest of the group to fitness, but Solskjaer doesn’t want to risk his health with a huge Premier League game against Arsenal looming on the weekend.
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) March 3, 2019
Instead, it will be up to forwards Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku to lead the attack. Expect United to throw everything they have at the PSG penalty area in a bold bid to try and stage another epic rally. But to do so, they’ll need to exceed their season goals per game average of 1.83.
Manchester United is currently listed at odds of +8000 to win the European Champions League title.
PSG vs Manchester United Statistical Comparison
|1-0-0||Head To Head||0-1-0|
|2.67||Goals Per Game||1.83|
|4-1-2||2018-19 UEFA CL Record||3-3-1|
|0||UEFA Champions League Titles||3|
PSG Rolling into Second Leg
Paris St. Germain come into the match with seven straight victories at home. Mbappe scored a pair of goals in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Caen. It was the second successive two-goal game for the striker. He has 24 goals in 21 French League games this season.
Kylian Mbappe sends Man Utd warning as PSG prepare for Champions League clash with a win
PSG prepared for their Champions League clash against Manchester United with a victory as Kylian Mbappe scored twice to earn a late comeback victory at relegation-threatened Caen. pic.twitter.com/B6dyiddIhq
— Chidozieblog (@Chidozieblog) March 2, 2019
The French side is a goal-poaching machine, netting 121 times during 44 matches. They’ve tallied 13 goals in their last four matches. In three home matches so far in UEFA competition, PSG has scored 10 goals while allowing just four.
— Julian Draxler (@draxler_fans) March 2, 2019
PSG is also without a couple of key players through injury. Strikers Neymar (metatarsal) and Edinson Cavani (hip) are not expected to play, although Cavani may be available on the subs bench.
— CONCEPT KEAN (@ConceptkeaN) February 28, 2019
Mbappe, 20, has scored five games in a row since PSG lost Neymar and Edinson Cavani to injury. He’s produced 76 goals in 79 games for PSG.
It Happened Once Before
United fans will also draw hope from the reality that PSG authored the most infamous meltdown in UEFA Champions League history in 2017. The French club squandered a 4-0 first-leg lead over Barcelona, losing the second leg 6-1 away at Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium.
What is the greatest comeback in football of all time..? ?
? Istanbul AC Milan v Liverpool 3-3
? Etihad Manchester City v QPR 3-2
? Nou Camp Barcelona v PSG 6-1
? Nou Camp Bayern Munich v Manchester United 1-2
? St James Park Newcastle v Arsenal 4-4 pic.twitter.com/9vLyzDXvg5
— FansBet (@FansBet) February 28, 2019
They are at home for this key match, and that will make it difficult for Manchester United to mount a rally. There’s no magic for United this time.
Pick: PSG to cover the spread and go over