Tottenham vs Dortmund

Tottenham vs Dortmund: Tottenham meets Dortmund at Old Trafford on Wednesday in Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage. United opened up the competition with a 3-0 win at Young Boys while Dortmund fell 2-0 at home to Juventus on two penalty kicks. A win here for United would likely give the team a six-point lead over third place.

Tottenham face Dortmund on Wednesday night with pressure rapidly rising on under-fire boss Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils are without a win in three games and, amid suggestions of in-fighting and dissension, put in a listless performance in the 3-1 weekend defeat to West Ham.

Now Mourinho has called on his charges to bounce back when they face the Spanish side at Old Trafford.

Amid their current ‘crisis’ United began their European campaign with a 3-0 win over Young Boys, and can take a major step towards the Champions League last 16 with victory over Marcelino’s men.

The Portuguese believes he knows how Dortmund will line up and how they will play: “A counter-attacking team, a very strong counter-attacking team.

“They defend a lot with two lines of four, very compact, and, as I was saying, central defenders like [Ezequiel] Garay with that stature, experience and physicality and then, from Rodrigo, [Michy] Batshuayi and [Kevin] Gameiro, two of them are playing.

“They are very direct in the counter attack and are a dangerous team.”

But for a United side that is performing poorly, stopping them is another thing.

Here’s a look at three players they’ll need to keep quiet, in order to come away successful.

The Brazilian-born Spaniard would score just one Premier League goal in 17 appearances for the Trotters, playing a total of just 494 minutes and never completing the full 90′; simply, Owen Coyle preferred Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies.

But that doesn’t need to hold you back. And now, at the age of 27, Rodrigo has made himself first choice for both Dortmund and his country.

Never particularly prolific during his earlier days at club level, last season he bagged 16 in 37. This season, only one goal has been forthcoming.

However, he has garnered a reputation as a smart user of the ball who stretches defences with intelligent, quick darts and despite his lack of goals much of the team’s best work tends to involve Rodrigo. He’ll drag United’s defenders into areas they don’t want to go; unless they’re smart, he’ll give them an extremely tough night.

Real Madrid vs Ajax

Real Madrid vs Ajax: Real Madrid meets Ajax at Old Trafford on Wednesday in Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage. United opened up the competition with a 3-0 win at Young Boys while Ajax fell 2-0 at home to Juventus on two penalty kicks. A win here for United would likely give the team a six-point lead over third place.

Real Madrid face Ajax on Wednesday night with pressure rapidly rising on under-fire boss Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils are without a win in three games and, amid suggestions of in-fighting and dissension, put in a listless performance in the 3-1 weekend defeat to West Ham.

Now Mourinho has called on his charges to bounce back when they face the Spanish side at Old Trafford.

Amid their current ‘crisis’ United began their European campaign with a 3-0 win over Young Boys, and can take a major step towards the Champions League last 16 with victory over Marcelino’s men.

The Portuguese believes he knows how Ajax will line up and how they will play: “A counter-attacking team, a very strong counter-attacking team.

“They defend a lot with two lines of four, very compact, and, as I was saying, central defenders like [Ezequiel] Garay with that stature, experience and physicality and then, from Rodrigo, [Michy] Batshuayi and [Kevin] Gameiro, two of them are playing.

“They are very direct in the counter attack and are a dangerous team.”

But for a United side that is performing poorly, stopping them is another thing.

Here’s a look at three players they’ll need to keep quiet, in order to come away successful.

The Brazilian-born Spaniard would score just one Premier League goal in 17 appearances for the Trotters, playing a total of just 494 minutes and never completing the full 90′; simply, Owen Coyle preferred Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies.

But that doesn’t need to hold you back. And now, at the age of 27, Rodrigo has made himself first choice for both Ajax and his country.

Never particularly prolific during his earlier days at club level, last season he bagged 16 in 37. This season, only one goal has been forthcoming.

However, he has garnered a reputation as a smart user of the ball who stretches defences with intelligent, quick darts and despite his lack of goals much of the team’s best work tends to involve Rodrigo. He’ll drag United’s defenders into areas they don’t want to go; unless they’re smart, he’ll give them an extremely tough night.

Man UTD vs PSG

Man UTD vs PSG Live: MANCHESTER UNITED host Paris Saint-Germain TONIGHT as the Champions League returns for the knockout stages. The Red Devils look a completely different prospect under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whilst PSG are running away with Ligue 1 and searching for a first European title since 2001.

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The last 16 match of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League between Manchester United vs PSG will kick off at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 20:00 local time (21:00 CET, 15:00 EST).

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Manchester United’s renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will receive perhaps its greatest test to date when they welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford in the Champions League last 16.

The Red Devils’ fine form continued under the Norwegian as they defeated Fulham 3-0 at the weekend, continuing their unbeaten run under the former Molde boss.

While United are thriving, their opponents are struggling, with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bordeaux achieved only by an Edison Cavani penalty. The Uruguayan then limped off injured, adding yet another issue to Thomas Tuchel’s growing list.

When the Champions League draw was made in December, Manchester United were strong underdogs against Paris Saint-Germain. The roles, however, have arguably been reversed, with the Premier League outfit now considered to have the edge going into this tie.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revived what was previously a team ailing under Jose Mourinho, with 10 wins and a draw from 11 matches in charge.

“Going into this game, I don’t think we could be in a better frame of mind with confidence and form so we are really looking forward to the next few games coming up,” Solskjaer said, considering forthcoming fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea – a run that could potentially define the club’s season and give the Norwegian the job on a permanent basis.

“We have given ourselves the best possible opportunity in the way we have gone into this game because we are confident.

“So if there is any time to go into big games like this, it is now.”

PSG, meanwhile, are suffering from acute injury issues to their star forward line and suddenly look rather threadbare.

Kylian Mbappe is the only one fit from the superstar trio consisting of himself, Neymar and Cavani and head coach Thomas Tuchel appreciates that the 20-year-old cannot shoulder the offensive duties himself.

“You can’t place all of the burden and pressure on him. It’s not his job to replace Cavani and Neymar and he can’t play all three roles at once. I want us to provide him the right kind of support.

“You cannot replace quality players, and we cannot replace Neymar. Manchester United could not replace [Paul] Pogba or [Marcus] Rashford. We cannot replace Neymar.”

Tuchel has previously indicated that injuries have forced him to plot a ‘Plan D’ for this encounter, and he appreciates that the Red Devils are a side transformed from the one they were drawn against.

“Manchester United are completely different,” Tuchel added. “They get a lot of early leads. To play at this moment against this Manchester United is one of the toughest challenges we could have. Since the draw, things have completely changed.”

Simply staying in the tie would not be considered something of an achievement for the Parisians, who have exited this stage of the competition in each of the last two years.