'Manchester United Were The Laughing Stock Under Jose

'Manchester United Were The Laughing Stock Under Jose

When the draw for the last 16 was made PSG were widely viewed as favourites to progress with United labouring in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho, but caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen a transformation in fortunes.

Just 48 hours after the Champions League draw, Mourinho was sacked and replaced with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Angel Di Maria also makes the XI in the number 10 role, and he will have a point to prove against his former club having become one of the most high-profile United flops in recent years during one unhappy and unsuccessful season at Old Trafford.

"(There's) just a positivity about the place to grind results out when we're not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and objective", said Jones, who extended his contract until 2023 last week.

Solskjaer has been credited for getting the best out of United's star players and for his preferred style of play, which harks back to the glory days under Ferguson.

"He [Martial] does have similarities with Ronaldo, of course", Solskjaer was quoted by BBC Sport as saying.

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Solskjaer, who has already guided his team to victories at Tottenham and Arsenal, added: "I think the squad is very capable of winning against any opponent. We're guessing a little bit, but we have a good guess on how to approach this game".

The France worldwide said he has been told to "attack more" and warned PSG that United were a different team to when the draw was made eight weeks ago.

Neymar misses out because of a second fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot in as many years, while Cavani injured his right hip just last weekend, but Tuchel was adamant that his PSG side will still look to attack.

Tuesday's first leg kicks off a big few weeks for United, whose hopes of progressing past PSG and reaching the quarter-finals have been bolstered by Neymar's absence.

"The idea of Ole going through that run of fixtures and coming out of it well, you couldn't sit here conceivably and see another manager". And finally, it was Pogba (2 goals), who eased United's transition in the final third with some excellent passing and hold-up play in and around the half-spaces. Too bad for Old Trafford.

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