Paris Saint-Germain have not forgotten the way Manchester United knocked them out of the Champions League in 2019.
A last gasp penalty for Marcus Rashford scored past Gianluigi Buffon secured a last eight place at PSG’s expense.
It was a special moment for United and a crushing one for PSG and young striker Kylian Mbappe, handing him a rare feeling of sadness in a spectacular career to date.
Mbappe appreciated the mental strength shown by Rashford to handle such a big moment.
The Frenchman was quoted by The Mirror: “When you take a penalty in that situation, how much practice you have put in on the training ground doesn’t matter.
“He’s one of the most dangerous forward players in England. Paul Pogba has spoken about how special he is – and he doesn’t talk about players in such a way often.”
Rashford is expected to start in Paris, whether it is up front with Anthony Martial, or on the left wing.
Martial is a player who Mbappe knows well, with the pair linking up in the French international squad over the past two breaks.
They also know each other from their Monaco days, with the pair coming through the same youth system.
Mbappe was quoted by The Mirror: “He’s a player I have a great understanding with. Playing with somebody as talented as Anthony makes your job easier.
“I’m sure he’ll have another big season with Manchester United and I look forward to playing with him for the national team again. He’s a very good friend but also a player that I connect very well with.”
Martial is fresh after sitting out the Premier League game at the weekend due to suspension.
With Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood not part of the travelling squad, there will be extra pressure on Rashford and Martial to produce.
PSG are clearly aware of what the United duo can bring to the table, but when they are both on form, stopping them is not so easy.
An early goal against PSG could play into the French side’s fear of a repeat of 2019.
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