We will still attack without Neymar and Cavani, says PSG’s Thomas Tuchel

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2019

Reporter's view (Matthew Howarth, UEFA.com): Since Ole Gunnar Solskjær's arrival on 19 December, United have claimed more league wins than in the first four months of the campaign under José Mourinho.

Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has guided the Red Devils to 10 wins out of 11, with his latest victory a 3-0 triumph away at Fulham. Can Marco Verratti impose his own veritable talents on the game or will he and his team-mates be left chasing shadows?

When the Champions League draw was made back in November, when Mourinho and his black cloud was hanging over the club, this one looked like a nailed on certainty for PSG.

Solskjaer suggested the absence of Cavani and Neymar would make PSG "more unpredictable" and leave him "guessing a bit" as to how they will play. So I want my players to go into this game confident and embrace it.

Tuchel has a number of players missing out through injury. But we have given ourselves the best possible opportunity in the way we have gone into this game because we are confident.

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"So if there is any time to go into big games like this, it is now". Things are working out well for the other attackers [too] and I hope we can continue to be as effective. Changing now would be hard. There will be moments when we'll defend because I expect a very attacking Manchester, very fearless, with many attacking players. "We're here to score, maybe more than one".

Di Maria signed for United in 2014, but the Argentine playmaker netted just three times in 27 Premier League appearances before making the switch to PSG.

"With the confidence, they have at the moment, and how they play, I think they are favourites".

"He has wonderful qualities, he can do a lot of things, extremely strong, with the ball at his feet, he's very good and very strong in challenges and one on ones, taking people on he's always capable of making a difference and I think in my opinion he's always risky offensively with Martial, they're a very unsafe pairing".

There isn't enough naked trolling in football, so when after Manchester City gave Chelsea a firm shanking on Sunday, the Madness song "One Step Beyond" was played over the public address system, we were all for it. "I think it will be a very good game to watch".

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