Manchester United are at quite the low point in their season. Having been humbled by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, sitting 19 points off top spot in the Premier League and 11 off the top four, reality struck again on Monday.
Paris Saint-Germain are visiting Old Trafford.
The Champions League last 16 draw has thrown up some interesting ties – but the prospect of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe attacking Phil Jones or Chris Smalling is a mouthwatering one for everyone apart from the forlorn fans of the Red Devils.
It’s FFS vs FFP. Defence vs attack. Mourinho vs Tuchel. And here’s how United fans reacted on social media to the announcement….
Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani against that Man Utd defence……
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) December 17, 2018
Uefa how can you be so wicked. You want me to watch smalling and jones against mbappe and neymar😭😭😂
— Lατιf🇬🇭🦅 (@iLatif_) December 17, 2018
Man Utd vs PSG! Sack Jose now then
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) December 17, 2018
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. There’s no records to look back upon – the two teams have never met competitively – and United haven’t actually lost to French opposition since November 2005 (winning six and drawing two since).
Plus, there’s the fact that PSG have “bottled it” on big nights in Europe before. And the fact that United have beaten Juventus away from home in the competition so far this year…
Clutching at straws? Definitely. But there’s some fans who believe – despite the crisis that still sits over Old Trafford at the moment.
Man Utd just beat the tournament “favourites”, Juventus at home recently. We know PSG always choke so I’m backing Man United for an unlikely win! Plus a lot changes in footbal over 2 months. Man Utd will be ready!#UCLDraw
— His Excellency (@eemz_effekt) December 17, 2018
CL draw thoughts??
On the basis of United drawing Atletico instead (if we won the group), then PSG are still easier to play against of the two. Atletico Madrid’s defence is far better, and across two legs United have more of a chance against more “open” teams. #UCLDraw #UCL
— Akeem. (@akeemojuko) December 17, 2018
If he tries the approach he did v Sevilla last season then we might actually get summat against these. Problem was in that 2nd leg we needed to attack.
— Dan Stapleton (@danstapleton89) December 17, 2018