Thomas Tuchel has been beaten on his two most recent meetings with Manchester United.

The German boss brings his PSG side to Old Trafford tonight, with United needing just a point to seal Champions League qualification.

In his pre-match press conference, Tuchel was very complimentary about United, especially in terms of their quality on the break.

That has caught PSG out twice at the Parc des Princes and Tuchel is determined not to let it happen again.

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“If we have the quality and confidence to get hold of the ball against Manchester United, that would be the best thing for us,” said Tuchel.

“But you always need to be vigilant against this team, because they are the best in Europe on the counter-attack. If we need to play deep, we will need to be ready to do so.

“We will try to control the ball and win possession because it gives us a lot of confidence. Manchester United have a lot of qualities, we will need to answer the questions they ask of us during the match.


“Coming to England to win is a big challenge, but it’s not impossible. It’s a big task, because it’s in Manchester, in this stadium and against a very strong side.”

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Tuchel will likely try to take confidence from his side’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford in February 2019.

Of course, that deficit was overturned in spectacular fashion during the second leg – but PSG dominated the first.

United have improved since then – when Solskjaer was still interim manager – and that threat on the counter attack is potent.

The absence of fans may also impact this game. Perhaps a full Old Trafford would roar United forward, demanding they get on the front foot.

But behind closed doors, United may be more patient, sitting deeper before unleashing that speed on the break Tuchel spoke in glowing terms about.

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