Mbappe can't cover for Neymar and Cavani, admits Tuchel

May JohnsonFeb 13, 2019

"We're missing Antonio [Valencia] and Matteo [Darmian] - they're the two that are not available", the Man Utd official website quote him as saying.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ready for the question.

However, just a few days later he was drafted in to take charge till the end of the season when Jose Mourinho was sacked and has embarked on a run of 10 wins and one draw since to completely revive United's fortunes.

Stand-in captain Ashley Young said that, despite the impressive form under Solskjaer, the United boss has needed to raise his voice towards the players - much like Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for doing during his time as manager.

If the Sweden worldwide is passed fit he is likely to start against the French champions at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

"The players and the supporters have been looking forward to this", Solskjaer said.

'Mourinho wanted discipline from everyone and that is defendable as well and so that's maybe (why) Pogba, as we have seen in recent games, has performed well'.

For Buffon, who left Juventus last July after 17 years with the Italian club, the opportunity to work with young players such as Mbappe was a huge draw.

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"This manager is asking me to attack more", he said during the pre-match press conference.

Fellaini is now an interested observer of the goings-on at Old Trafford, with United enjoying a welcome upturn in form under Solskjaer. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it's now.

PSG's visit is Solskjaer's first Champions League examination and is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Chelsea and a Premier League encounter with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

United's rebirth under Solskjaer couldn't have been any more poorly timed as far as PSG counterpart Thomas Tuchel is concerned.

"When you get to this stage of the tournament, with the floodlights on, these are the games that you really look forward to".

"With the confidence, they have at the moment, and how they play, I think they are favourites". "We have to look to PSG and make sure we go through this one and then take the next challenge as it comes".

"But I must say that without a player of Ney's caliber, it's going to be heavy going, particularly because in the last two or three months he's in excellent condition both physically and mentally and would have been of enormous help".

The former United winger, booed throughout and shoved into the advertising hoardings by Ashley Young during the first half, set-up Mpabbe's 23rd goal of his increasingly prolific season seven minutes later, when his low centre was cleverly turned home by the France global.

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