United upbeat ahead of PSG clash

MANCHESTER United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his players are confident they can overturn a two-goal deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

United will be without a number of first-team regulars when they travel to the Parc des Princes tonight for the second leg of their last 16 tie.

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Paul Pogba is banned after being sent off in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, while Anthony Martial (groin), Jesse Lingard (hamstring) and Ander Herrera (hamstring) are among nine first-team players who could miss the match through injury.

However, Solskjaer is hopeful his depleted squad can produce a memorable upset in Paris.

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“I have to say, they are confident going into the game knowing that we are 2-0 down,” said Solskjaer.

“We know it is going to be difficult, we played them here and they are a good team, and we have got loads of injuries, there’s a few boys here that will want to be part of it.

“We have got to go for it. We have a mountain to climb. We have quality players. Let’s see how many we have got, though. That maybe is the biggest thing.”

When asked if any of his injured players would be fit to face PSG, Solskjaer added: “Not really, no. It doesn’t look like it.

“No, I don’t think we can risk it

. He has not been training yet so I don’t think so.”

Solskjaer has called on his players to secure a famous away win akin to the semi-final triumph that saw Juventus beaten 3-2 on the way to the Treble in 1999.

Sportsmail’s top journalist Ian Ladyman thinks Manchester United are returning to their best under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“It was 1-1 at home and they scored two to go 2-0 up in the 10 minutes and suddenly you think you are out,” he said.

“But as soon as you get that one goal away from home we were in the ascendancy, and then when we got to 2-2 suddenly we were through and they had to panic, so that’s it for us.

“We have to get goals in that game. If we get an early one, then suddenly we are in with a shout.”

In the other tie of the day, Porto will sit home and welcome Roma – hoping to overturn 2-1 deficit to the Italian club.

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