Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains PSG Champions League team selection

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on selecting Alex Telles and Axel Tuanzebe for tonight’s Champions League clash with PSG. The pair have both been given the nod at the back as the Red Devils look to get their European campaign off to a winning start. But the odds are stacked against them.

Manchester United have adopted a 3-4-1-2 formation for this evening’s clash with PSG at the Parc des Princes, springing a few surprises in the process.

Tuanzebe and Telles both feature for the first time this season, in a back six that also includes David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof.

In midfield, Scott McTominay and Fred have got the nod with Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek both on the bench, while Bruno Fernandes captains the side.

And, up top, United are relying on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for goals.

Now, speaking before the match in France, Solskjaer has said: “We put the team together that we feel is the best we can start with tonight. It’s a game of 90 minutes of course.

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“We have to look at the opponents and their strengths.

“We’ve had a few injuries so Axel is back in after a long, long time and Alex makes his debut which is fantastic for him. And what a stage for him to do it on.”

Solskjaer also admitted he was delighted to be managing in the Champions League again.

“Yes of course it’s great to be back in the Champions League and playing these games,” added the Norweigan.

“One of the best teams in Europe. They got to the final last year, they’ve got some of the best players in the world and this is what our players dream about.


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“This is what they were working towards at the end of last season to be in. Now we’re here and it’s a good chance to get some points.”

Solskjaer confirmed he was looking for character in his players, with few giving United a shot at picking up the three points given PSG’s formidable starting XI.

“Of course every game is a chance to show what you’re about and our players this is a test of character,” he said.

“It’s a game you want United players to play in to see if they’ve got the character.”

On getting a result, he continued: “You need to do everything right.

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“You can’t have a moment when you blink because you have to concentrate from the first to the last minute.

“We know they’ve got players with pace and skill and quick in the transition which is one of our strengths. Keeping the ball while we can and don’t give them any easy counter attacks. When we defend we go forward quickly.”

United last faced PSG last year.

They lost the first leg of their knockout tie 2-0 at Old Trafford, with Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe finding the net for the Ligue 1 giants.

But the Red Devils won 3-1 at the Parc des Princes in the return fixture to go through, with Romelu Lukaku bagging a brace and Marcus Rashford scoring a dramatic late penalty.

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