After a yr within the Europa League, Manchester United will return to Champions League motion on Tuesday night time after they journey to face Paris Saint-Germain.
Nonetheless, they are going to compete in opposition to the French champions within the opening sport of Group H with out captain Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard or new signing Edinson Cavani.
Cavani signed for United on deadline day after being launched by PSG in the summertime however solely attended his first coaching session on the membership on Sunday after a interval of isolation following his arrival within the UK. The Uruguayan is in need of match health having final performed a aggressive sport on March 11.
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Maguire was an preliminary doubt for Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle however began the sport and scored a significant equaliser, although Greenwood missed out on the conflict with an unspecified harm. Greenwood skilled on Monday however hasn’t travelled, with Bailly and Lingard additionally staying at house.
The absentees depart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with some choice dilemmas upon his return to the stadium the place he loved his best night time accountable for United up to now.
The United boss has usually opted for a back-three formation in opposition to groups who will possible dominate possession and he could revert to that arrange once more on Tuesday, particularly with Maguire and Bailly absent.
Nonetheless, with two first alternative centre-backs lacking, Solskjaer appears to be like like he might be pressured to throw Axel Tuanzebe straight into the beginning XI, whichever formation he makes use of. The 22-year-old hasn’t performed a first-team sport since final December resulting from harm however has made the journey to Paris and could be known as into motion.
Luke Shaw may tuck inside and play as a left-sided centre-back to finish the again three together with Victor Lindelof. This is able to open up a slot for Alex Telles to make his United debut within the left wing-back place, the place his attacking skills may show to be a helpful outlet.
The dynamic and combative duo of Fred and Scott McTominay may hold their locations within the centre of midfield to protect the defence, with Bruno Fernandes positioned within the attacking midfield position forward of them – although that may see Paul Pogba stay on the bench.
The Portuguese would be capable of present very important help for a entrance two of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, with the Frenchman obtainable after lacking the win at Newcastle by means of suspension.
Predicted United beginning XI vs PSG: De Gea; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Shaw; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred, Telles; Fernandes; Rashford, Martial.