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It is hard to know what you’re going to get from Manchester United at the moment. They have now won four games in a row in all competitions, but they have arguably been fortunate to win all three of their recent league games, coming from behind against both Everton and Southampton while failing to convince against West Brom.
A point on Wednesday will send them through to the knock-out stages, while a win will almost guarantee them top spot given RB Leipzig would have to beat them 6-0 on the final day. But they would even closer to securing qualification had they beaten Istanbul Basaksehir away from home and must be kicking themselves that they put in an abject display.
United famously beat PSG in the return fixture, but they could struggle on Wednesday night with the Parisians closer to full strength. Marco Verratti and Mauro Icardi have both returned to fitness for the perennial French champions, meaning they can add a bit more dynamism to their midfield and potency to their attack.
Having said that, PSG are very beatable and this represents a huge opportunity for United to wrap up qualification. It just feels like they’re going to pass it up, especially when you consider they could be without seven players for the huge game.
If United do go down to a home defeat, it’s very likely they’ll die with their boots on. United, for all their struggles at home in the league, have scored nine goals in their two Champions League games at Old Trafford this season as they cruised to comfortable wins over Leipzig and Basaksehir.
PSG, meanwhile, have not exactly been prolific in the Champions League this season, scoring just five goals, but they missed several gilt-edged opportunities against United in Paris and it is unlikely that they will be so forgiving this time around.
It’s scary to think where United might be without Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder has scored crucial goals in all five of their Premier League wins this season and is the reason why United are in the Champions League at all. He seems to have taken his form up a notch since United’s trip to Everton, scoring six goals in his last four games and he has been equally good in the Champions League.
Fernandes eased the Red Devils into a 2-0 lead against Basaksehir last week, while he also scored from the spot against PSG to put United 1-0 up. At a good price, he’s as good a bet as any to end up in the scoresheet, even if he ends up on the losing side.
Mbappe was well-marshalled by United’s defence for the most part in Paris, but still caused plenty of problems. He had a quiet night by his standards but still had two shots on target from five shots on goal and he forced David De Gea into a particularly fine save in the second half.
It is impossible to keep Mbappe quiet for 90 minutes and he should have a decent number of opportunities with PSG boasting more creativity in their own midfield.
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