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PSG Vs Manchester United Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Men And Odds

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Paris Saint-Germain will clash heads with Manchester United at Le Parc des Princes on Tuesday night with both teams going all out in search of the three points in the opening game of this UEFA Champions League campaign. The French champions secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Nimes last weekend while the Red Devils also picked up a dominant 4-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday. Therefore, we can expect an exciting contest between the two sides as they look to fight tooth and nail to secure a positive result in midweek.

Talking Tactics

Thomas Tuchel will set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation and could be inclined to bring Neymar Jr. back to his starting XI for this clash at home. PSG would look to enjoy more of the ball so that they can create some decent chances for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe up top.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation as he instructs his players to soak in all the pressure and catch the opposition off-guard using the pace of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on the counter.

Team News

Paris Saint-Germain

Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat and Thilo Kehrer are all sidelined for this game due to injury. Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Danilo Pereira are significant concerns for this upcoming encounter versus the Red Devils.

Paris Saint-Germain Predicted XI

Navas; Florenzi, Diallo, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Herrera, Gueye, Paredes; Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain Vs Manchester United Tactical Preview (PSG players are celebrating in the picture)
Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia celebrates after scoring a goal with Paris Saint-Germain’s French defender Presnel Kimpembe during the French L1 football match between Nimes (NO) and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) at the Costieres Stadium in Nimes, southern France, on October 16, 2020. (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United

Mason Greenwood is a major doubt for this clash. Axel Tuanzebe is unlikely to recover in time for this midweek showdown in Paris. Otherwise, Solskjaer has no fresh injury concerns to cope with and is expected to name a strong team versus the Ligue 1 giants.

Manchester United Predicted XI

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Key Men

Paris Saint-Germain

Mbappe and Neymar Jr. will carry most of the goal-scoring burden up top. It will also be a big game for Ander Herrera as he will be desperate to put on an impressive showing on the field against his previous employers.

Manchester United

Anthony Martial let his team down by getting sent off in the 6-1 humiliation versus Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford earlier this month. So the French striker will be eager to make amends by producing a match-winning display back in his homeland.

Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes have also been amongst the goals for the Red Devils in recent weeks. Hence, they will be quietly confident about their chances of finding the back of the net in midweek.


PSG are the clear favourites to emerge victorious at Le Parc des Princes after being priced at 8/13. The draw has been listed at 16/5 while Man United are 17/4 underdogs to claim all three points on Tuesday night.

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