Ole: Neymar and Cavani injuries make PSG ‘more unpredictable’

Date published: Monday 11th February 2019 4:12

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side are facing PSG at the perfect time as their outstanding run of form continues.

When the draw for this match was made in December, few gave Jose Mourinho’s United much chance of advancing beyond the Champions League’s Round of 16.

But United have been transformed since Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese, winning 10 and drawing one of his 11 games in charge.

“We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity because of the way we’ve come into this game,” Solskjaer said.

“We’re confident and we’re looking like a team. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it’s now.”

United’s surge under Solskjaer has seen them force their way into the Premier League’s top four, but their upturn in form is yet to impress the European oddsmakers and they remain unfancied in the Champions League.

That does not concern Solskjaer, however.

“I think the squad is very capable of winning against any opponent,” he said.

“When we go into games confident as we are now, in form, we are looking forward to the game.

“We can’t look too far ahead, we’ve got to look at PSG now and make sure we go through and take the next challenge as it comes.

“But I’ve been very pleased with the attitude. I’ve said to the boys, we have to keep working every single day.

“When we work hard, we work hard. When we have lighter training, we concentrate. Then we can improve and maybe surprise people.”

United are second favourites against PSG, who have come a long way as a club from the side Solskjaer played against for Molde in the Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1995.

“It has been fantastic to see their progress,” he said. “They’ve got some of the world’s best players. They’ve got a goalkeeping legend in Gianluigi Buffon, Thiago Silva is one of the best centre-backs in the world and they’ve got one of the most exciting young players in (Kylian) Mbappe, Neymar as well.

“That tells you everything about their evolution. We know we will play against a team with confidence because they are used to winning.”

Not all of PSG’s considerable attacking talent will be on the pitch on Tuesday however, with Edinson Cavani joining Neymar in the treatment room, while right-back Thomas Meunier is also ruled out.

“Of course any team that is missing players like Neymar, Cavani and Meunier will feel the affect,” Solskjaer said.

“But it gives other players a chance and maybe they are more unpredictable for us with who they are going to play.

“When you’ve seen that front three for the whole season you know what to expect but this time around we’re guessing a little bit.”

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