Manchester United‘s return to Champions League action against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday is absolutely on point, according to United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after 10 wins and only one draw since the Norwegian took charge from Jose Mourinho.
Recall that the two sides were pared together in December’s draw, then the Paris Saint-Germain were strong favorites to make the last eight, while Manchester United was mired in the final days of their former manager.
Old Trafford has been singing a new song since two months ago after Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Mourinho and turned an 11 point deficit into becoming the top four of the Premier League, while beaten Arsenal to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup. Gunnar Solskjaer said on Monday
“We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity with the way we’ve gone into this game because we are confident. I’ve found out what kind of team we have. We are playing like a team, we are agreeing on how we should approach games. If there was ever a time to go into big games like this it is now.”
This may be the perfect time to run into an injury ravaged Paris Saint Germain, with the world’s most expensive player Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier all sidelined by injury.
Gunnar Solskjaer is still wary of the pace of Kylian Mbappe, he said “Of course any team that are missing players like Neymar, Cavani and Meunier will feel the effect. It makes them maybe more unpredictable for us who they are going to play. When you see that front three over the whole season you know what to expect. We are guessing a little bit how they will approach this game.”
If Manchester United win the two legs it will be the first time in five years they have reached the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Gunnar Solskjaer agreed that it has been too long since they had a memorable Champions League night at Old Trafford.