10 senior players out injured? Five academy players in the traveling squad? Paul Pogba missing through suspension? Who cares! Let’s have a go at PSG.
After the first leg it certainly seemed like this tie was as good as over. 2-0 down to Kylian Mbappe with two away goals. No Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, or Paul Pogba? That’s a pretty lofty task for Manchester United. It can’t possibly be done.
But Ole’s at the wheel and that means two things: anything is possible and don’t count this United side out.
Instead of focusing on what’s missing let’s focus on what we have. That Scott McTominay-Andreas Pereira-Fred midfield was half decent against Championship side Reading, surely they can be up for the challenge of PSG! Romelu Lukaku is on form with four goals in the past two games (against Crystal Palace and Southampton)!
No Paul Pogba? Who cares? Jose Mourinho says that he’s terrible, and that man is considered one of the best managers in Europe!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a tactical plan in each of his first 13 games. The only time he’s been caught out was the first leg when injuries completely nullified that plan. With a front three of Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, and Diogo Dalot United will be able to bring back the press that stifled PSG for the first half in that first leg.
Will it be as effective without Jesse Lingard? That’s what we’ll have to find out.
The expectations remain nil for this match, but Ole has allowed me to raise my spirits to “cautiously optimistic.” Maybe, just maybe, something can happen.
Hey, Ajax went to the Bernabau and won 4-1 yesterday. Why not us?