Confident Man Utd can inflict more Champions League pain on PSG
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Daniele OrsatoParis Saint-Germain must cope without the injured Neymar and Edison Cavani to halt the surge of a revitalised Manchester United if the French champions are to avoid more pain in the Champions League last 16. PSG's trip to Old Trafford Tuesday's first leg could not have come at a worse time for Thomas Tuchel's side as injuries to key players have pilled up for the Parisians, just as United have hit form under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Neymar will miss both legs of the tie due to a foot injury and will joined on the sidelines by Cavani due to a hip problem and Belgian international Thomas Meunier with concussion. Midfielder Marco Verratti, who returned from a three-week injury layoff for Saturday's 1-0 win over Bordeaux, and new signing Leandro Paredes are also lacking match sharpness.
SEE ALSO :Neymar return to Barcelona edges closerSuch stretched resources is not what the club's Qatari owners had in mind when a near 400 million euros was splurged on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in 2017 with the intention to carry PSG to a long-awaited first ever Champions League triumph. However, with the Brazilian and Cavani missing, the spotlight is on 20-year-old Mbappe to shine on the Champions League stage like he did in delivering the World Cup for France. "It's not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar, he can't be himself and the other two at the same time," warned Tuchel. "He has to be free to play his game, play with confidence. We have to help him with the right support and good service. "In my opinion he needs to play with a good mindset, be positive and realise it's part of his development."