Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United will hope to take their domestic form into Europe when they host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie.
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, Man United have won ten and drawn one of the 11 matches they have played.
Expert Verdict: In resurgent form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with their star players back to their best, United should be confident ahead of their meeting with injury-hit Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar's absence is a huge blow for the visitors and - while PSG still have attacking strength - United can claim a first-leg lead.
Victor Lindelof should return from injury at the back against PSG according to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chris Smalling started ahead of the Swede at the weekend. Matteo Darmian is out, however, while Antonio Valencia has suffered a setback and Marcos Rojo is still a couple of weeks away from recovery.
Marcus Rashford – Back in goalscoring form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with six since the Norwegian took charge.
Paul Pogba – Two more goals at the weekend continued the French World Cup winner’s form – he has recaptured his best shape under Solskjaer.
Anthony Martial – Scored a brilliant solo goal at the weekend having returned from injury, proving he deserves a regular starting spot.
Manchester United drew their most recent home game – the first time they have dropped points since Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December – as they came from 2-0 down thanks to Paul Pogba’s late penalty and Victor Lindelof’s stoppage-time equaliser. They have won back-to-back away games since then too – Marcus Rashford scoring the only goal at Leicester before Paul Pogba’s double, either side of Anthony Martial’s solo goal, earned a 3-0 win at Fulham.
Goalkeeper:David de Gea
Defenders:Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw
Defensive Midfielders:Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera
Attacking Midfielders:Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard
Already without Neymar due to a foot injury, Paris Saint-Germain’s injury problems worsened at the weekend when Edinson Cavani limped off against Bordeaux with a hip injury and Thomas Meunier suffered a concussion. Both Cavani and Meunier are set to join Neymar on the sidelines at Old Trafford, which could mean Thilo Kehrer starting at right-back. The front three, with Neymar and Cavani absent, still boasts plenty of attacking prowess – Kylian Mbappe flanked by Angel di Maria and Julian Draxler.
Kylian Mbappe – One of the stars of France’s World Cup triumph, the 20-year-old has scored 22 goals and added 14 assists so far this season.
Angel di Maria – Three goals in his last five games and back at Old Trafford with a very big point to prove after his short-lived time with United.
Julian Draxler – Set for a start having contributed five goals and nine assists so far this season.
PSG suffered a rare defeat to Lyon at the start of the month, despite Angel di Maria giving them a seventh-minute lead. After that 2-1 loss they were taken to extra time by Villefranche in the Coupe de France too, before Julian Draxler, Moussa Diaby and Edinson Cavani sealed a 3-0 win. Last time out, Cavani’s penalty proved to be the winner against Bordeaux.
Defenders:Thilo Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Juan Bernat
Midfielders:Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, Leandro Paredes
Forwards:Angel di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Julian Draxler
Perhaps surprisingly, this will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.
Paul Pogba scored another two goals at the weekend as his and Manchester United’s form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued.
The £89m French World Cup winner hailed the ‘joy’ Solskjaer has brought to Old Trafford and it is certainly true the players seem far happier under the Norwegian than they were with Jose Mourinho in charge.
As well as Pogba, Marcus Rashford has been finding the net with regularity again and Anthony Martial marked his comeback from injury with a superb solo goal last time out.
At full strength, PSG might have looked to exploit the weaknesses that still exist in the United defence – those that Burnley managed to expose in the most recent match at Old Trafford.
But Neymar’s injury is a huge blow, especially with in-form Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier now joining him on the sidelines too.
Kylian Mbappe is still there and Angel di Maria has a huge point to prove on his return to Old Trafford, but it will certainly be a different dimension to this PSG too than if the other three were fit too.
Without them, and with United in such good form under Solskjaer, it is hard to see beyond the home team taking a first-leg lead.
Manchester United are favourites to win at home to PSG thanks to their superb recent form but you can still get a best price of 7/5 with Betfair on a home victory.
Even with Neymar and Edinson Cavani out, however, there are still goal threats in this PSG team and both teams to score has been set at 10/17 with 10Bet.
United to win and BTTS is worth 16/5 with Betfair and 888sport, while over 2.5 goals has been priced at 4/5 with Betfair.
Paul Pogba has been in the goals for United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and will be on penalty duty should there be any, so the Frenchman is worth backing at 31/10 with 10Bet to score at any time.
Marcus Rashford has been in good goalscoring form since Solskjaer took over too, and is 39/19 with 10Bet or 41/20 with 888sport.
United are in great form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whereas PSG will be without three key players for this match. The hosts can claim a first-leg lead.