Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Di Maria on Man Utd struggles: Thank God for PSG

Di Maria on Man Utd struggles: Thank God for PSG

Mbappe came to prominence as a 17-year-old during Monaco's run to the 2016/17 Champions League semi-finals and Ligue 1 title and has since continued to impress at PSG, scoring 43 goals since joining initially on a season-long loan in 2017.

"Of course, we will miss the likes of Neymar and Edinson in attack", said Tuchel at his prematch press conference.

"You can't just place all the burden on him but we're talking about Kylian Mbappé - he has his own qualities, it's not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar, and he can't do all three things at the same time", said Tuchel. They had a problem with [Adrien] Rabiot because he is maybe going to leave in the summer and he is a good player for them.

"I want us to be capable to help him to find the right support. We need a player like him, and I hope that he plays great - he is ready".

"He needs to be positive and realise that it is part of his development".

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"I do not know if I will be playing, nor which position, but I feel good in midfield - particularly as a No. 8 or 10", he said. The Red Devils fired Mourinho and have gone undefeated since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Imagine him returning to Old Trafford alongside Kylian Mbappe up top, bagging a 90th minute victor at the Stretford End. A lot has changed since the draw.

After qualifying top of a group that also included Liverpool and Napoli, the Ligue 1 champions were dealt a tough hand in the first knockout stage when drawn against United, albeit much has changed since the teams were paired together at the end of a year ago. Playing them now is one of the toughest challenge we can have.

The Argentine, who turns 31 later this week, has a vital role to play for PSG in their crunch Champions League last 16, first leg against a resurgent United with Neymar and Edinson Cavani out injured.

Fred, meanwhile, has not played for United since their 2-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup on January 5 and didn't even make the squad for the victory against Fulham at the weekend.

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