The Red Devils are all set to visit Parc des Princes for the Paris Vs United clash on Wednesday, for their second leg Champions League encounter.
Manchester United have had a brilliant revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his arrival back in December. It’s not just about the wins recorded or the goals scored in his tenure, its more importantly about the fact and the manner in which players like Pogba, Lukaku, Rashford have managed to rediscover their form and passion for the game.
Earlier into the season, Manchester United were ruled out of contention for the top four spot but now not only have they managed to challenge the London clubs for the spot, but have also leapfrogged Arsenal and Chelsea to 4th position, with the latter having a game in hand.
It is not just the League where they have reinvented themselves, but also in the FA Cup as well where the Red Devils have managed to defeat Chelsea to reach the last eight and present themselves as one of the favourites to win the cup come the end of the season.
In England, they have been nothing short of phenomenal, but it is in fact in Europe, in the biggest competition of all where they have faced the biggest challenge yet and have yet to prove their mettle. In the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 encounter, United fell down to a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Since then they face an unenviable task of making a comeback in Paris against PSG to proceed to the quarterfinal of the Champions League.
Man Utd's missing players vs. PSG on Wednesday:
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— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 4, 2019
The task was already very difficult to start with but now it seems inconceivable with injuries to so many first-team players right when United needed to call on their best to have any hope of progressing further. With the cards stacked against their favour, they now face an onerous task of defeating the French outfit in the Paris Vs United encounter.
United first team players like Matteo Darmian, Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Valencia have already been ruled out of action for a long time. In recent games, Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata have also joined their team mates in the physio’s room.
Joining this already very long list now is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean injured himself in their weekend game against Southampton and seems to have ruled himself out for the rest of the season if reports in the English press are to be believed.
Moreover, if this list already wasn’t enough, Paul Pogba also will not be a part of the squad after having been suspended for the Paris Vs United game after receiving red card in the closing minutes of the first leg.
This imminent crisis has resulted in many Academy players being called in to complete the 20 man squad for their trip to Paris. Manchester United are all set to have as many as eight Academy players in their squad.
Ever present Marcus Rashford will be joined by Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, and Brandon Williams from the Reds Academy.
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PSG are certainly favourites to make it to the next round thanks to the long list of unavailable Manchester United players. However the French side have their own injury concerns to deal with given that both Neymar and Edinson Cavani are expected to miss the Paris Vs United fixture. Cavani is set to have recovered but is unlikely to start the game.
Manchester United’s 20-man travelling squad for the Paris Vs United fixture
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Lee Grant, Sergio Romero.
Defenders: Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Diogo Dalot, Brandon Williams.
Midfielders: Angel Gomes, Fred, Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, James Garner.
Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong.