UCL: Kimpembe, Mbappe sink Man Utd 2-0

Tune in for live updates from the big-ticket Champions League clash between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain being played at Old Trafford.

 

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live updates from the UEFA Champions League clash between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain being played at Old Trafford.

FULL TIME: PSG 2-0 Manchester United

GOAL! PSG 2-0 Manchester United(Mbappe 60)

GOAL! PSG 1-0 Manchester United (Kimpembe 53')

 

HALF TIME: Manchester United 0-0 PSG

 

Look who's in the house!

 

Talk about defying age, eh?

 

Manchester United (4-3-3)

David de Gea; Ashley Young (capt), Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw; Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3)

Gianluigi Buffon; Thilo Kehrer, Thiago Silva (capt), Presnel Kimpembe, Juan Bernat; Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler; Dani Alves, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria

And here's PSG's playing XI.

 

Here's how Manchester United lines up today!

 

Meanwhile, here's how the PSG players and fans have been warming up for the all-important encounter.

 

As we await the start of a tantalising encounter, here's a throwback to the time Wayne Rooney scored a stunner against Manchester City!

 

Preview:

Eight weeks is an awfully long time in football.

When the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League was made on December 17, Jose Mourinho was in charge of Manchester United and had presided over just two wins in the club's last eight fixtures.

A 3-1 loss to Liverpool less than 24 hours earlier left United 19 points adrift of its rival in the Premier League. Optimism was scant at Old Trafford.

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Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel's then-unbeaten PSG side boasted a 10-point advantage at the Ligue 1 summit, with two games in hand, and it had entered the Champions League draw having topped a group that included Liverpool and Napoli.

Tuchel declared himself "neither satisfied nor unsatisfied" at his team being pitted against United in the first round of the knockout stages, yet, privately at least, he must have felt there was little to fear about a team lacking identity and fight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Thomas Tuchel.   -  Getty Images

 

Then, on December 18, United's hierarchy pulled the trigger, sacking Mourinho and changing the course of its campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed the reins until the end of the season and a revitalised United side reeled off eight straight wins in all competitions, including victories at Tottenham and Arsenal.

The United side PSG will face in Tuesday's first leg is now a different beast. It is unbeaten in 11 games under Solskjaer and key figures like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, seemingly subdued and stifled under the previous regime, are playing with the type of confidence, freedom and attacking verve that may cause Tuchel to reconsider his view on whether he is satisfied with drawing United or not.

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On the other hand, PSG is still 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand, but the air of invincibility that surrounded them is no longer there, even for teams in France.

Guingamp shocked the capital club in the Coupe de la Ligue last month and after Lyon handed PSG its first league loss of the campaign on February 3, Tuchel's side needed extra time to overcome third-tier Villefranche in the Coupe de France last week.

The world's most expensive footballer was absent for the Lyon and Villefranche games and Tuchel will be without Neymar for both legs of the United tie too, while the club's record scorer Edinson Cavani could also be missing on Tuesday due to a hip injury.

Solskjaer, and Mourinho before him, might have worried about facing the man who scored five times in the group stages but PSG's attack appears far less daunting without Neymar.

There is a mental aspect for PSG to overcome too. It has not progressed past the Champions League quarterfinals in any of the previous six seasons and Tuchel knows that it is on the continent, rather than domestically, where he will be judged.

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The Champions League may hold the key to Solskjaer's long-term future too. The man who delivered the trophy with his last-gasp goal in the final 20 years ago has aspirations to be the permanent boss at United and knocking out PSG would be a significant boost for his CV.

That CV did not even include the job title 'Manchester United manager' when this draw was made, but these two clubs are evidence of how swiftly the footballing landscape can alter.