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Reds aiming to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League

United host PSG Wednesday at Old Trafford

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Drive for Five

 Manchester United will hope to continue their hot streak of late when they host PSG in the Champions League Wednesday night.

The Reds are on the upswing with four straight wins in all competitions since losing back to back games to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir last month.

Injury News

 Paul Pogba remains doubtful for United as he’s still nursing an ankle injury.

Dean Henderson could make his second career Champions League start if starting keeper David de Gea isn’t 100%.

The Spaniard hurt his knee and was taken off in the team’s 3-2 comeback win over Southampton on Sunday.

Scott McTominay may still have a knock while Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are unlikely to see the pitch Wednesday.

Phil Jones and Luke Shaw remain out through injury and Anthony Martial has an illness and might not be ready either.

That could leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a little thin on the left side of defence, forcing the Norwegian to use a 3-5-2 formation.

Thomas Tuchel also has a slew of injuries to contend with.

Marquinhos sat out of the team’s weekend match in Ligue 1 with an adductor injury.

The Reds may not have to worry about Julian Draxler or Thilo Kehrer who’re both nursing injuries for PSG.

The former United tandem of Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera are hopeful to return to their old stomping grounds.

Current Form

Boasting the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Moise Kean (on loan from Everton) scoring goals has not been a problem for the French champions.

Just between those three players they’ve got 16 goals in the French league (9 for Mbappe, 4 for Kean, and 3 for Neymar).

It’s defensively where they’ve struggled lately giving up five goals in their past two fixtures in Ligue 1.

They’ve got just a single point in their past two league games which has made the race for first in France a lot tighter than it typically is.

Solskjaer’s teams had an up and down season which if you look at the team’s results under Solskjaer is rather predictable.

The good news for Reds fans is the team is hot at the moment with four straight wins in all competitions.

In those wins, they’ve shown they can be a threat offensively and also sound defensively.

They’ve scored 11 goals in those matches and conceded four.

Coming Back

 The word “comeback” is one that’s been very familiar for both teams of late.

United is fresh off a come from behind win 3-2 win last weekend.

For PSG they squandered a 2-0 lead against Monaco and a 2-1 lead last weekend versus Bordeaux.

Who’s Hot

 Whether it’s in the Premier League or the Champions League Bruno Fernandes always seems to shine.

United’s attacking midfielder has 10 goals across all competitions and 3 assists in the Premier League.

Six of his goals have come in the team’s past four matches.

Neymar for PSG has goals in his past two games in all competitions.

What’s on the line?

 For PSG this is a critical game if they’re to advance to the second round of the competition.

Last season’s finalists sit tied for second with RB Leipzig for a spot in the last 16 with the French champions currently ahead of them on goal difference.

Both those teams have already faced each other with each winning once.

That means PSG will be looking to win and win big which is something United’s defence needs to be aware of.

United still has something to play for themselves.

With nine points from four games, they need just a draw to guarantee passage to the knockout stage.

Match Info

 The Reds look to win their third successive match at Old Trafford.

They went winless at home in their first three EPL fixtures.

The kickoff is at 8 pm. (JSL)

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