Manchester United team predicted for Champions League last-16 clash vs Paris Saint-Germain

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Manchester United strolled to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 10th win in 11 games on Saturday with a comfortable victory over Fulham.

A brace from Paul Pogba and an excellent individual strike from Anthony Martial saw United run out 3-0 winners and climb into the top four for the first time since the opening day of the season.

Playing 19th placed Fulham gave Solskjaer an opportunity to rest some key players ahead of the return of the Champions League on Tuesday night, when French champions PSG travel to Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof, Ashley Young were all completely rested while Eric Bailly came on for the last five minutes.

PSG, however, have had no such luxuries coming into the clash. The Ligue 1 giants will be without world’s most expensive footballer, Neymar, and could also have Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier unavailable.

 

For United, one position that won’t change is the goalkeeper slot. David De Gea, who managed to come through an altercation with Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in one piece, will start in goal.

Only Luke Shaw is likely to keep his place in defence from the Fulham game with Young, Bailly and Lindelof – who didn’t travel to Craven Cottage after picking up a knock but should be fine for Tuesday – all coming back in to the side.

The midfield, however, could be completely unchanged.

Much has been made of the improvements of United’s attackers under Solskjaer but the marked rises in form of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera in the middle of the park has been vital in the Reds’ resurgence.

Fulham 0-3 Man Utd reaction

 

With Matic offering protection by sitting in front of the defence and Herrera pushing up the pitch to win the ball United finally have a solid foundation for Pogba to flourish and showcase the talent that everyone knows he has.

All three should line up again against PSG and with the midfield being the Parisians weak point they could really punish them, too.

Then in attack Solskjaer could name his most potent forward contingent for the first time since January 19.

 

Martial started his first game since the 2-1 victory over Brighton on Saturday and got through 70 minutes unscathed, capping off his performance with a fine individual goal that had echoes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

With the Frenchman showing no signs of rustiness after his short lay-off, he will no doubt play alongside Rashford and Lingard in attack as United look to take a big advantage into the away leg on March 6.

Predicted Manchester United XI vs PSG: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

Predicted Substitutes: Romero, Jones, Dalot, McTominay Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku.

    
 



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