Michael Owen states his prediction for PSG v Man United
The former Man United striker is backing PSG and Manchester United to play out a high-scoring game in the French capital on Wednesday night
Michael Owen is backing Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to play out a high-scoring game at Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils will make the trip to the French capital looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash last month.
Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe got on the score-sheet in the second half at Old Trafford to inflict defeat upon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the first time in his Manchester United reign so far.
Indeed, the Norwegian head coach remains unbeaten in the Premier League and the FA Cup since Solskjaer was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement back in December.
PSG are looking to win the Champions League for the first time in their history in Thomas Tuchel’s debut season in charge of the Ligue 1 side.
The French club are sitting at the top of the Ligue 1 table and a staggering 17 points ahead of second-placed Lille with a game in hand.
Former Manchester United striker Owen isn’t ruling out a potential comeback despite the size of the task facing the Premier League club if the visitors can score first.
“No side has ever managed to overturn a two-or-more goal deficit from a home first leg in the history of the Champions League and 34 have tried unsuccessfully,” Owen told BetVictor.
“That is the magnitude of the task that faces Manchester United in the French capital on Wednesday.
“PSG have scored 35 times in their last 10 home Champions League games although they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five.
“Both sides will be without key men but United are decimated by injuries and suspensions with French international Paul Pogba unable to play in Paris following his late red-card at Old Trafford.
“United again showed their resilience and resolve to beat Southampton at the weekend but they have a mountain to overcome at the Parc des Princes where I expect to see plenty of opportunities at both ends.
“History is against United – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been breaking records since he walked through the door at Old Trafford. If they were to score first?”
Manchester United have won the Champions League crown on four previous occasions.
The Red Devils’ last triumph came in a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea FC back in 2008.