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Solskjaer: Ideal time for in-form United to tackle PSG

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The Red Devils take on the big-spending French side in the Champions League last 16 having won 10 of 11 games under the Norwegian.

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side are facing Paris St Germain at the perfect time as their outstanding run of form continues.

When the draw for this match was made in December, few gave Jose Mourinho's United much chance of advancing beyond the Champions League's Round of 16.

But United have been transformed since Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese, winning 10 and drawing one of his 11 games in charge.

"That tells you everything about their evolution. We know we will play against a team with confidence because they are used to winning."

Not all of PSG's considerable attacking talent will be on the pitch on Tuesday however, with Edinson Cavani joining Neymar in the treatment room, while right-back Thomas Meunier is also ruled out.

"Of course any team that is missing players like Neymar, Cavani and Meunier will feel the affect," Solskjaer said.

"But it gives other players a chance and maybe they are more unpredictable for us with who they are going to play.

"When you've seen that front three for the whole season you know what to expect but this time around we're guessing a little bit."

In contrast, United got an injury boost with Victor Lindelof able to train on Monday, with Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian the only absentees with minor knocks.

The club also announced that Ashley Young has signed a new one-year contract, having entered the final months of his previous deal.

The PSG game starts a huge couple of weeks for United, who face Chelsea in the FA Cup before Premier League title challengers Liverpool visit Old Trafford on February 24.

Asked if this was a fortnight which could define his hopes of landing the United job full-time, Solskjaer said that was too simplistic.

"You need to change the script," he said. "You have so many ways of asking that question. That's too simple.

"There are still a few more months left of this season for me to do whatever I can for the club."



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