Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Neymar is expected to “return to the field within ten weeks” which should rule the Brazilian star out of both UEFA Champions League ties against Manchester United in the last 16 of the competition.
This is a big blow for PSG, to be without their main player for such a big clash, but it’s not as if they haven’t got other players capable of causing United trouble in the big European clash.
The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are fit and are certain to have United’s defence on high alert.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a tremendous job since arriving a month ago as caretaker manager following the sacking of José Mourinho, who was in charge throughout the group stages with United finishing runners up to Juventus in Group H.
Under new management United have altered their style of play. Rather than sitting back with high numbers, Solskjaer takes risks and allows the players to express themselves in the final third, using attack as the first form of defence.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel will expect United to go toe-to-toe with his players, whereas Mourinho’s pragmatic approach would play into their hands.
When the draw was made nobody gave us a glimmer of hope. Now that has changed and with Neymar’s increased likelihood of missing out, we stand a real chance.
See PSG’s statement on Neymar below.
Communiqué du club – Neymar Jr
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) January 30, 2019