Thomas Tuchel has likened Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a doctor who has “healed” Manchester United and warned his Paris St-Germain players they will face a side who are unrecognisable from the team who were imploding under Jose Mourinho.
United were drawn against PSG in their round-of-16 tie only the day before Mourinho was sacked in the wake of a dismal 3-1 defeat by Liverpool that left them 11 points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.
Solskjaer has since won 10 of his 11 games in charge, propelling United into the top four in the process, and Tuchel admitted the transformation was startling and that he may have to curb some of their natural attacking instincts to cope with the threat posed by Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in particular.
“There is an effect [from Solskjaer],” Tuchel said. “We have a saying in Germany that if you go to the doctor and he heals you, he’s right. If pain goes away, he’s right. He wins a lot of games so it’s very impressive. He was a super dangerous player and he is now winning games as manager.
“Things are completely different [at United]. They play with a lot of confidence, score a lot of goals, get a lot of early leads. It’s an impressive run they’re on and to play in this moment in Old Trafford is one of the toughest challenges you can have. Things have completely changed [since the draw].