Manchester United vs. PSG

Ross Houston
February 12, 2019

"Neymar is injured as well, so it is not the best moment for them. That said, we are here to score - that is clear". "He has his own qualities, but it is not his job to do what they do".

"They are full of energy and full of confidence and it will be a tough challenge". He must play with a good state of mind, and with confidence.

"Was it Thomas Tuchel who did not want me to come? No".

"Sure, we have talked about Neymar and Edinson's absences as a squad", said the Germany global. "They will both be missed, but we should not dwell on our absentees - we must focus".

His manager that year, Louis van Gaal, had hailed Di Maria as "world class" on his arrival, but their relationship quickly turned sour, with the player blaming the Dutchman for playing him out of position.

"He was one of my favourite players when I used to watch him on television", Tuchel said at the start of this season after making it clear that Di Maria was just as important to him as the "MCN" front three of Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani. Hopefully, he gives a good performance.

Tuchel is expecting Ole Gunnar Solkjaer's side United to also play on the front foot.

"We would love to have Neymar and Edinson, but we have to show that we can do it without them".

Angel di Maria joined Manchester United from Real Madrid in 2014 for a then British record transfer fee of £59.7 million.

Marouane Fellaini's departure from Manchester United marked the end of a painful era for many United fans with the big Belgian coming to the club under former boss David Moyes.

And the gap could become even bigger when PSG play their two games-in-hand.

When asked if Neymar's absence was comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo missing for Barcelona and Juventus, Tuchel said: "Let me put it another way, will Manchester United miss [Paul] Pogba if he was not there tomorrow, or [Marcus] Rashford?"

PSG recovered from a loss away at Liverpool and a draw at home to Napoli to finish top of their group before being drawn against United in the last 16.

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