Manchester United see the return of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, when they host Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint Germain in a heavyweight contest at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils laboured through the group stage of the competition, and their punishment for not winning the group is a two-legged clash with the French powerhouse, with the first half of the tie being at home.

Much has changed for United since their last match in the elite European event. Jose Mourinho took charge for their previous match in the Champions League, but he has been replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, under whom the former winners are unbeaten in his 12 matches in charge.

The Norwegian has overseen 11 victories in those games and has completely transformed the fortunes of the Red Devils, and they head into the tie eyeing up a famous success.

United will have to come through the first leg without a pair of defensive players though, as Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian have both been ruled out of the contest.

Solskjaer confirmed the absentees for the Red Devils, when he addressed the media ahead of the game, and highlighted that his two right-backs would not be available.

“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.

“It’s a big, strong and healthy squad which is always [good] when the big games come up – many to pick from.”

Solskjaer has passed all of the tests he has faced as United manager with flying colours so far, but there are still no signs of him getting the job full-time, however were he to negotiate a path into the quarter finals of the Champions League, it would be almost impossible to deny him the opportunity to become the permanent successor to Mourinho.

That makes it a big night for the Red Devils players on the pitch, and the main man off it too.


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