When it comes to Manchester United’s Champions League showdown with PSG on Tuesday, few are giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a chance. After all, with defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham still fresh in the memories of supporters, they’re certainly underdogs. But, by using a 3-4-1-2 formation, the Red Devils could spring a major European upset.
Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the new campaign, with defeats to Tottenham and Palace chastening for all involved.
As a result, they enter tonight’s Champions League match against PSG with few giving them a fighting chance of picking up all three points.
United have looked flat under Solskjaer so far this term. Any steps they took forward under the Norwegian now appear to be trudged footsteps back.
PSG were Champions League finalists last season which, in theory, makes them the second-best team in European football.
And with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi at their disposal, the Ligue 1 giants possess a sensational attack.
United, however, have hope.
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It was a similar story when they met in the Premier League.
United, again, lined up with five at the back. And they won courtesy of goals from Maguire and Anthony Martial, having previously been written off by many fans and pundits.
The system didn’t work in the first leg of the Red Devils’ Carabao Cup tie with Manchester City last term but it was efficient in the return fixture, with the Red Devils winning 2-1.
And it also helped United claim a point in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool in October last year, a game they actually deserved to win.
Therefore, against PSG, it could be used.
And, if it is, then United have a genuine shot at getting something from the match despite the odds being stacked against them.
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Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the contest, Solskjaer revealed Fernandes would skipper the side with Maguire sidelined through injury.
“We have many captains on the pitch,” he told United’s official website. “Harry’s our captain and it could easily be many other players that I say is captain material. Tomorrow I’ve decided that Bruno’s going to wear the armband.”
Fernandes himself said: “I was not expecting this, I have found out the same time as you!
“For me it’s an honour, I will be captain for my teammates and to be captain of Manchester United is an important achievement for me.
“But I think everyone is the captain. Everyone needs to help and be a leader in their own way, leadership is different in every player. Tomorrow will not be about me but the team.
“Leading is every day in the training ground, every game and everyone is doing their job to lead the team in the way they think is best.”
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