Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have just two players missing when Manchester United welcome PSG in their UEFA Champions League Last 16 first leg tie.
Manchester United will face their biggest test yet under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, when they welcome PSG in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie on Tuesday night. And, the caretaker manager will be buoyed by the availability of all but two first-team players ahead of the crucial UEFA Champions League tie.
Solskjaer provided the update to MUTV, as quoted by the official Manchester United website, with Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian the only players who will miss out for the hosts on Tuesday.
“We’re missing Antonio [Valencia] and Matteo [Darmian] – they’re the two that are not available. It’s a big, strong and healthy squad which is always [good] when the big games come up – many to pick from.”
David de Gea should man in the Manchester United goal, as has been the case whenever he has been fit and available for a Premier League or Champions League tie. The back four though, should see a major rejig happening, after the likes of Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young were rested against Fulham last weekend.
Lindelof and Young should return to the starting lineup, while Luke Shaw is a certain starter at the left side of the defence. The final spot in the backline is a toss-up between Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, all of whom have presented their case recently.
Bailly though, should get the nod to line up alongside Lindelof at the heart of the Manchester United defence. Up ahead in midfield, there is no looking past the formidable trio of Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, particularly for the big games.
The selection in attack, however, presents a few pleasant headaches. While Marcus Rashford is an automatic selection owing to his splendid form and Romelu Lukaku’s inconsistent showings of late. The other two spots will be contested between Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez.
Martial looks the likeliest to start, following his stellar show against Fulham, while Lingard should get the nod ahead of Sanchez to join Rashford and Martial in the starting lineup to face PSG.