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UCL: Solksjear Prepares For PSG Baptism Of Fire

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to etch his name in the UEFA Champions League history book when he leads the Red Devils to the round of 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in the first leg at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer will be meeting Thomas Tuchel who has experience in the Europe top clubs competition during his stint with Borussia Dortmund.

Both teams will be meeting in the Europe elite clubs competition for the first time.

When the draw for the round of 16 was made on December 17, 2018 most United fans have given up on the team’s ability to defeat PSG following their poor run of form until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December and since then the Red Devils have been riding on a roller coaster of victories.

PSG on the other hand will be hoping to see they lift the Champions League title which is the only silverware missing in their cabinet.

What is synonymous with both teams is the defence, Manchester United cannot boast of a solid back line likewise their opponent.

With Neymar out of the clash and Edinson Cavani a doubt, the Red Devils could push high from back to add depth to their attacking force.

However, the presence of Kylian Mbappe is a threat alongside former United forward, Angel Di Maria who will be returning to Old Trafford for the first time since he left the club.

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Since Solskjaer took over as United coach the Red Devils have not lost a single game and he has steered the club to fourth place in the Premier League from the daisy position Mourinho plunged the team into.

Thomas Tuchel task of becoming the first coach to win the Champions League for the Parisian has been dealt with a huge blow following injury setback of his star players, Neymar and Cavani and the team have recently lost their perfect run in the French Ligue 1 though they still top the league table.

PSG conceded nine goals and scored 17 in six Group C games, while United scored just seven. The Red Devils only conceded four – only better by Dortmund’s two in the group stages.

Both teams will be opening another record book in the history of the UEFA Champions League at the end of Tuesday encounter and whichever way the pendulum swings, it is a two-legged game and the second leg will determine who goes farther and who will be bowing out.

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