Have you been called Pogba?
Manchester United did not miss Paul Pogba before his introduction in Newcastle and Donnie Van de Beek was the most influential alternative. Van de Beek started in United’s previous midweek matches this season and it would be a waste of his skill to leave him on the bench again in Paris.
Pogba has a tendency to turn it on when he has a point to prove, and even in the scattered Parc des Princes, he will enjoy dueling with his former teammate Ander Herrera in his hometown, especially since his stable fellow Pogba Mino Raiola Marco Verratti left injured. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to absorb Pogba, Van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes.
Who is the defensive midfielder?
Scott McTominay It was used in a more conservative role in Newcastle and Solskjaer specifically tasked him with tying up Alan Saint-Maximin midway through the first half. McTominay is more of an asset when he is deployed in depth, due to a shortage of United’s defensive midfielders, and has experience starting back at PSG 19 months ago.
Nemanja Matic overshadowed Brighton and Waht against Tottenham, when he was removed in the first half. McTominay, and De facto Alternative, Herrera, it is the most active option to keep Basques in check.
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Does Solshire keep a matta?
Solshire was ambiguous in his recap of Mason Greenwood’s absence in Newcastle and the teenager who made his debut on the bench at Paris Saint-Germain last year and didn’t even travel this time.
The intensity of Tuesday night’s match will be little-known from the relatively quiet passes United enjoyed in Newcastle – an event dedicated to Juan Mata. The Spaniard has often missed a loss against the elite in recent years, but his current looks and stakes with Fernandez would make him a good choice.
Back to back three?
Harry Maguire and Eric Bailey were not with the team that left Manchester Airport on Monday afternoon, but Axel Tuanzebe was there. Tuanzebe’s last appearance against Colchester was on December 19 and his confrontations with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will mark the final baptism of fire.
Given the fame of the PSG attack, it has to be considered that there are three players in the back, perhaps with Luke Shaw inside again with Lindelof and Tuanzibi, and Alex Telles coming for the first time. The Lindelof and Tuanzebe – or even Shaw – hub appears too risky.
Impact on the attack?
If Solskjaer turns three at the back, it will have a huge impact on the forwards. Fernandez would definitely start off as captain and so would Marcus Rashford. The likelihood that Mata will line up has increased as Greenwood remains in Manchester but Anthony Martial is available.
Martial could be an inappropriate hit for Rashford in second lead and Daniel James, Rashford’s partner in the striker’s separate strategy, would have United enjoyed some joy last year. The Welshman was more a target in Newcastle, but he could be like a rabbit in the headlights in City of Light.