The Champions League is back and it feels just yesterday that Bayern Munich lifted the coveted trophy. Like every season several teams that played in the previous version of the competition are not playing this year making way for some new teams to give it a go at the trophy. One of the biggest names among the teams who are returning to lock horns with fellow European Elites is Manchester United. The Red Devils make a comeback to the competition after failing to qualify for the 2019/20 season finishing 6th in the season before.
Though Manchester United failed to complete several transfers in the window most notably that of Jadon Sancho, they were able to bring in Donny Van De Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani. These signings gave the fans optimism for the season but, their belief and optimism has turned into disappointment after losing to crystal palace, barely getting past Brighton thanks to a very late Bruno Fernandes penalty and then suffering an embarrassing defeat at Old Trafford by the hands of Tottenham Hotspurs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team needs to perform well against Paris Saint Germain as his job has lately come into question. The last time these 2 met was in the Round of 16 of the 2018/19 season where United was able to scrape past the French Champions on away goals pulling off an excellent comeback at the Parc des Princes. Paris are coming off the back of their best ever Champions League run finishing as the runner ups last season. Though their start to new season wasn’t optimal they have recovered quite well winning all 5 of their last games scoring 16 goals and conceding only once.
Another thing to consider is that Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani will not be travelling to France for the match while PSG will be missing the services of Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Kehrer and Paredes. Though both the teams have injury concerns, each has enough firepower in their remaining squad to give the other a challenge.
Looking ahead in the season, Manchester United will need to step up their game if they are to go into the knockout stages past the so called ‘Group of Death’ of the season. The years past the Sir Alex Ferguson era haven’t been kind for the Manchester Reds not making it past the quarter final stage since the Scottish icon left.