There are so many subplots in Manchester United’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, it’s difficult to know where to start.
How about PSG’s record goalscorer, Edinson Cavani, potentially making his Man United debut against the club who shunned him?
Or Angel Di Maria, the Red Devils’ public enemy No.1, starting for the hosts alongside fellow former Man United star Ander Herrera?
You could even focus on Paul Pogba potentially auditioning for the French champions, if you really wanted to.
But perhaps most interesting is the fact that Thomas Tuchel may only have 11 fit players to call upon for the Champions League clash.
Speaking ahead of the 4-0 victory at Nimes, the PSG manager said: “We have to take responsibility for Neymar and Kylian [Mbappe], who played almost 90 minutes yesterday, and the South Americans who have travelled a lot.
“Maybe we will only have 11, 12 or 13 players available.”
That’s because the French champions have been terribly affected by both injuries and COVID cases.
They could be without EIGHT first-team players when they welcome Man United to Paris on Tuesday.
Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat and Thilo Kehrer will all sit out due to injury, while Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler and Danilo Pereira are major doubts after missing Friday’s victory over Nimes.
Meanwhile, Leandro Paredes could be out after suffering an injury against Nimes.
PSG injury list
- Mauro Icardi (knee)
- Juan Bernat (knee)
- Thilo Kehrer (groin)
- Marquinhos (thigh)
- Marco Verratti (quadriceps)
- Julian Draxler (adductor)
- Danilo Pereira (illness)
- Leandro Paredes (thigh)
Nonetheless, PSG’s big strength lies in attack, and the French champions still have the world’s two most expensive players, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, available to them.
Such is the depth available to Tuchel, they can still field an XI capable of challenging at the very top level in Europe.
Here is how we expect them to line up…