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Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Chris Smalling: ‘Manchester United lucky to have Paul Pogba’

Chris Smalling says that Manchester United are “very lucky” to have Paul Pogba, who continued his fine form against Fulham on Saturday. Chris Smalling has said that Manchester United are “very lucky” to have Paul Pogba in their team. Pogba has been in outstanding form for United since Jose Mourinho departed in December, with the Frenchman playing a key role in his team’s turnaround over the last couple of months. The 25-year-old has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances, while he has 13 goals and nine assists in 30 games for United in all competitions this term. The midfielder hit a brace in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, which led to Smalling paying tribute to his teammate. “He’s got everything hasn’t he! I th...

Manchester United players ‘convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will stay’

Manchester United’s players are convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed the club’s long-term manager, according to a report. Manchester United‘s players are reportedly convinced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed the club’s long-term manager. Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm in December, and the Norwegian has led the Red Devils to nine wins and one draw from his first 10 games in charge. United are now within touching distance of the top four in the Premier League table, while they will enter next week’s last-16 Champions League first leg with Paris Saint-Germain full of confidence. Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones have recently signed new contracts with the club, while it is thought that Ander Herrera, Ashley Y...

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