The teams are out! Manchester United wears its famous red jerseys with black trimmings, while PSG scores the second choice white. In Old Trafford, there is a real European atmosphere, as you would expect, when two of Europe's biggest clubs prepare for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It does not seem Thiago Silva dragged the tassels of his pennant through this garbage, while our picture editor confirmed in other giveaways that it was indeed another, probably superfluous, under the Uefa logo on the United States. Flag stitched lettering is. So I apologize for not forgetting the quality of the embroidery. Anyway, we'll be there in a minute!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – relaxed, smiling, impressive and thoroughly sympathetic – speaks to BT Sport. "I do not think we could be in better shape if we went into this game or in a better shape. We are looking forward to it. Let's hope we can get off to a good start, that will be important. We prepared without Neymar, Cavani and Meunier, but I think the crowd would have liked to see these players. As a player you prefer to play against the best, we would have liked their best team out there. Bailly and Lindelof have worked well together, and against Mbappe they must be at the top of their game. We have to be clinical. It is important that we come to Paris to have the chance to get through.
VAR is used for the first time in the Champions League today. All the equipment and Caboodle are on the back of a transit car in the Old Trafford Car Park, which chills anyone who sat in the early evening's ITV entertainment show The Premiership through the ITV in the early evening Run back. Uefa referee Bigwig Hugh Dallas is being interviewed in the BT Sport truck. A leaflet states that the VAR team is constantly searching for obvious and obvious flaws in the following four changing situations with words and beautiful images: goals, incidents in the box, red cards and false identities. "So you have it. By the way, the feed went down and the screen went black exactly 16.3 seconds after the interview. I hope that's no harbinger of what's to come.
pennant watch. So, what will Ashley Young and Thiago Silva do if they shake hands before kick-off? The memorial flag of Manchester United is carefully embroidered to lie beside the crest ® which is certainly an unnecessary legal safeguard for what is essentially a tailored gift to another football club. A quality product, though you will not pull on that loose thread at the bottom of the Champions League logo, or the whole thing might come off. (Unless it's another ®, in this case please get away.)
The pennant by PSG is not that expensive. Maybe a sharper, clearer design, but without the size of United's efforts. Let's hope that the tassels are not pulled through the sticky spot to the right.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes five changes to the Manchester United team on Saturday in Fulham. Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford; They replace Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.
Thomas Tuchel makes six changes to the PSG XI, which was selected at the weekend in Ligue 1 against Bordeaux. Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier suffered injuries; They are replaced by Thilo Kehrer and Kylian Mbappe. Stanley N & Soki, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Christopher Nkunku and Moussa Diaby make way for Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Juan Bernat and Julian Draxler.
Manchester United: de Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford ,
Subtitles: Romero, Jones, Sanchez, Mata, Lukaku, Fred Dalot.
Paris Saint-Germain: Buffon, Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Verratti, Marquinhos, Dani Alves, Draxler, Di Maria, Mbappe.
Subs: Areola, Paredes, Choupo-Moting, Kurzawa, Nkunku, Diaby, Dagba
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy).
The world was a different place on 17 December. Jose Mourinho was still manager of Manchester United for another 24 hours, and when the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League took place, it looked like the three-time winners. They had been paired with Paris St Germain and had great guns while United went bad. A humiliation looked very real.
But after a few months, everything has changed. Ole Gunnar Solsjkær has restored United's self-confidence in a spectacular style, winning 11 of his first 12 games as an interim boss. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial purr. PSG is now in an injury crisis. Edinson Cavani is not expected to solve a hip problem, Thomas Meunier is worried, and Neymar is out with a broken metatarsal. And their form is not all: they recently lost their first league game against Lyon and needed extra time to pass Villefranche-Beaujolais (3rd grade) in the Cup.
glass to all this; They are now favorites to take the initiative in this tie tonight. Still, they do not count chickens. They have only won once in Europe's Old Trafford this season, losing 1-0 to Young Boys, beating Valencia 1-0 and losing 1-0 to Juventus. They were beaten home by Sevilla at this time last year. They hope that the brand new Ole football brings the constant run to an end. However, the PSG has its own worries. It has been knocked out by Real Madrid in the past two years at this stage last year and has been humbled by Barcelona's biggest ever comeback in 2017. With her stretched squad, young Kylian Mbappe is resting on his shoulders tonight.
Now it's about the business end of the Champions League. It's delicious, with traditional giants hosting one of the tournament's favorites. It's another big European night in Old Trafford. It's going on!
Kick Off: 20:00 GMT.