CL Preview - Manchester United vs PSG 13 February 19

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Champions' League Last 16
Manchester United vs. PSG
Wednesday, February 13th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form:  W W D W W
CL Average goals per match: 1.17
CL Average goals against per match: 0.67
CL Top Scorer: Paul Pogba (2)

Last five matches form: W W L W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.83
CL Average goals against per match: 1.50
CL Top Scorer: Neymar (5)

The Champion's League is back this week as we reach the last 16 stage and the action really begins to heat up. We certainly look to have a cracker in store at Old Trafford as Manchester United play host to French Champion's PSG.

This will surprisingly be just the second meeting between these sides. PSG came out on top 2-0 in the only previous meeting when beating United 2-0 in an International Champions Cup game in 2015.

Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are out for Manchester United. PSG are much worse off when it comes to injuries. The absences of Lass Diarra, Adrien Rabiot and Thomas Meunier are possibly something they could work around, but to find adequate replacements for Neymar and Edinson Cavani is another matter entirely.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United record now reads played 11, won nine, drawn 1. Impressive stuff, but even accounting for their missing players, this may well be the toughest test he has faced to date.

This is nevertheless a good time to be facing PSG - for whom Champions League success is coveted above all else. In addition to the injuries, there have been a few signs of their form slipping a little of late. Beaten for the first time in the league by Lyon, they then needed extra time to get past lowly Villefranche in the cup, before scraping past Bordeaux 1-0 at the weekend.

United have done just about everything asked of them under Solskjaer and are fancied to come out on top against a PSG side who's attacking style may suit the Red Devils well.

Prediction: Manchester United 2 - 1 PSG


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  10 - 12
Shots on target: 1 - 5
Corner Kicks: 3 - 5
Possession: 45% - 55%

There was certainly plenty to keep referee Daniele Orsato busy at Old Trafford. Ashley Young, Victor Lindeloef, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw of Manchester United were all booked, whilst Paul Pogba was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 89th minute. Presnel Kimpembe, Julian Draxler, Juan Bernat and Dani Alves of PSG were all also booked.

And so the unbeaten run of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is brought to an end as his troops finally ran aground against one of the genuine European elite here. Even shorn of two of their star men, PSG were much the better side on the night and put up a text book away performance to give themselves a big advantage heading into the second leg.

Both sides were in this in the first half, with the best of the early chances falling to Kylian Mbappé. Played in in the right of the area, he could only fire wide of the near post as David De Gea rushed out to meet him. United for their part struggled to create much at all of note in the opening 45. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of play began to tilt firmly in favour of the visitors after the interval. Mbappé forcing De Gea into a smart stop from a header.

The opener arrived in the 53rd minute and it was simplicity itself. A corner from the right evading everyone bar Presnel Kimpembe arriving to volley home from a few yards at the far post.

Just seven minutes later PSG doubled their advantage. Angel Di Maria played in down the left and playing a perfect low ball into the area to met by Mbappé to finish into the bottom right from around seven yards out to the left. 0-2 final score.

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