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UCL: PSG vs MUFC


Parisians must not forget the hard defeat in the 1/8 round of the Champions League 2018/19. They played above MU but lost back because of the elementary mistakes. The 2-0 victory at Old Trafford opened the door to the French representative. But two weeks later, at the Prince's Park, unbelievable tragedy struck PSG.
 
The first is Thilo Kehrer's failed pass to help Romelu Lukaku successfully utilize it. Then it was the turn of seasoned goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to throw up the ball to create the opportunity for Lukaku to score. And finally, the redundant arm of Presnel Kimpembe brought the decisive penalty for MU Marcus Rashford to successfully help the Red Devils come upstream thanks to the away goal rule (3-3).

Personal mistakes destroy a strong team. PSG always collapses at crucial moments, a sign of a team that is not brave enough to conquer Europe's peak. But that was a year and a half ago. Thomas Tuchel's team was forced to grow after defeats. Last season was a solid and solid PSG in big battles. They only lost to absolute champions Bayern Munich with the minimum score in the final. The runner-up of the Champions League marks a leap for PSG in many ways. 

As for MU, the spectacular comeback against PSG in March 2019 is an important boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's career. The Norwegian coach somewhat recalled the indomitable spirit of 1999, arousing self-esteem in the hearts of MU fans Solskjaer had the confidence of the MU's Board in the reds' reconstruction. Last season, Solskjaer succeeded in building certainty in the downline even though the gameplay was quite tedious. But by this season, MU's downline also disbanded according to the mistakes of Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof.

12 goals lost after the first 4 rounds of the Premier League show the true face of MU at this time. A fragile system arises not only from the individuals in the defense, but also by its poor operation. MU's ability to defend remotely is still the concern of Solskjaer when he has not found the most reliable central midfield pair. Especially in front of big rivals who know to create huge pressure, MU's system is easy to break, but the defeat to Tottenham 1-6 on October 4 is a typical example. Of course, the 4-1 victory at Newcastle last weekend was an important spiritual boost for Solskjaer's students. But clearly PSG is not Newcastle.

The Paris team had Di Maria's return after a suspension, Neymar also started after being released from the match against Nimes last week. The atoms are reunited with Mbappe, Neymar, and Di Maria, promising the greatest devastation. Remember Mbappe is in sublimation form with 4 goals, 4 assists after the first 4 matches of the season. And Neymar is simply the big player of the big games. Importantly, the Latin-rich combination of the above-mentioned attacking trio is a football that is not easy to deal with MU defenders who are not flexible and experienced defenders.

PSG has won all five matches in spite of the hurricane injury and Covid-19, scoring 16 goals. But with PSG, their strength must be tested through the Champions League summit, not the Ligue 1 village playground. MU will be the first big test for the runner-up's ambition to conquer Europe. last season. The appearance of two new recruits Danilo Pereira, Rafinha, strengthens the midfield but on the condition that they must integrate quickly. The mid-line PSG will be a question mark in the reception of MU without Verratti. Wanting to beat MU, the French team had to look at the high-class attacking trio. 




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