Three dilemmas facing Manchester United ahead of Paris Saint-Germain clash
Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain this week with a big job to do.
A win or a draw would secure the team’s place in the last 16, but you cannot underestimate a team as dangerous as PSG.
While United have beaten PSG twice in Paris, the French side actually won their last game at Old Trafford 2-0.
With strikers as dangerous as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the team, PSG are capable of winning any given game.
United have three main selection dilemmas heading into the midweek game. Here is a look at the issues for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to assess…
David de Gea has a question mark over his fitness after injuring his knee against Southampton.
He is working hard to get fit for this match, but if he is anything less than 100 per cent, United will start Dean Henderson.
If De Gea is not passed fit, this decision will be taken out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hands, but it is likely the manager will have to make a choice.
Henderson has played well when called upon, but this game would be the biggest of his career so far. De Gea has the big game experience and played well away at PSG in the first game.
United have an unexpected dilemma at left-back after Alex Telles was substituted late against Southampton with a groin problem.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will wait on Telles’ fitness, with Brandon Williams ready as a potential stand in.
It would be unwise to rule out Luke Shaw making a surprise comeback either, if Telles is out.
Solskjaer told United’s YouTube channel that he is not 100 per cent sure Shaw will be out.
There should be some clarification on this in Solskjaer’s press conference, but it may come down to a late fitness test for Telles on the day.
United’s decision in midfield is dependent on the team’s shape. Donny van de Beek started the last two games, but the team went with a diamond at the weekend.
If Solskjaer goes with a diamond against PSG, then Van de Beek will be in the team.
However, if he wants three forwards, United are more likely to go with Fred and Nemanja Matic in behind Bruno Fernandes in a three-man midfield.
United have played both formations in Champions League home games so far this season, so there is no obvious guide as to which will be utilised this week.
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay both hope to be fit, but will likely have to settle for places on the bench if they are available.
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