PSG look to close out last 16 tie


Paris Saint-Germain will back themselves to close out their last 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League when they host Manchester United at Parc des Princes on Wednesday, 6 March 2019, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.

The first leg at Old Trafford last month ended 2-0 in favour of the visitors, as goals from Presnel Kimpembe (his first in senior football) and Kylian Mbappé made PSG the first French club to win at Old Trafford and inflicted United’s biggest ever home European defeat – they had never previously been beaten by more than one goal.

A forgettable evening for United was compounded by a red card for key midfielder Paul Pogba, ruling him out of this game. In addition, the Red Devils are also set to miss Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard due to injury.

The English giants have never come back from a first-leg home defeat to win the tie in UEFA competition, losing both legs in all three such instances they have been involved in. In addition, no team has ever turned around a tie in which they have lost 2-0 at home in the first leg in Champions League history.

Tomas Tuchel’s side are looking to advance into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016, having been beaten at this last 16 stage by Real Madrid and Barcelona in 2018 and 2017 respectively.

PSG are set to be without both Neymar and Edinson Cavani again (both missed the first leg), though their attack still boasts plenty of potency given the presence of speed merchant Mbappé and former United winger Angel Di Maria, who was so influential in the triumph at Old Trafford.

United, who have continued their excellent domestic form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will look to Romelu Lukaku for inspiration, with the striker scoring four goals across two Premier League matches last week.

PSG v Manchester United – Head-to-head, European club competitions

Matches played 1

PSG wins 1

Man United wins 0

Draws 0

Last five results (Champions League only, most recent first)

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