Solskjaer feels the time is right

Published on: 11 February 2019

Interim Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the timing is just right for his side to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League knockout stages.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a revival in fortunes since Solskjaer took charge just before Christmas, going unbeaten in 11 games, winning ten of them.

We are confident, if ever there was a time for us to play big games - it's now.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

And Solskjaer believes that that run of form means his players will be up for the challenge of taking on PSG, with the first leg of their last-16 tie taking place at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

However, he is not getting carried away, despite the visitors being without Neymar and also, possibly, Edinson Cavani.

Solskjaer told reporters: "Any team that are missing players will feel the effect, but that will give the others the chance, so it makes them more unpredictable.

"But we've got a good guesstimate of how they're preparing for the game. We know we are playing against a team with confidence, because they are used to winning.

"We are confident, if ever there was a time for us to play big games - it's now. I just want my players to embrace the game."

With United and PSG having never previously met in a competitive fixture, Solskjaer is eager to remain focused on the job in hand and not on upcoming clashes with Chelsea and Liverpool.

He added: "We are going to play against some top teams in the next few games, but now we just focus on this one.

"One of the big pluses is that the players have been focused on the next task. We don’t look too far ahead, because then you lose your focus."

United are 11/8 to win on Tuesday evening and are 11/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with the Red Devils 6/5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Interim Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the timing is just right for his side to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League knockout stages.

The Red Devils have enjoyed a revival in fortunes since Solskjaer took charge just before Christmas, going unbeaten in 11 games, winning ten of them.

We are confident, if ever there was a time for us to play big games - it's now.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

And Solskjaer believes that that run of form means his players will be up for the challenge of taking on PSG, with the first leg of their last-16 tie taking place at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

However, he is not getting carried away, despite the visitors being without Neymar and also, possibly, Edinson Cavani.

Solskjaer told reporters: "Any team that are missing players will feel the effect, but that will give the others the chance, so it makes them more unpredictable.

"But we've got a good guesstimate of how they're preparing for the game. We know we are playing against a team with confidence, because they are used to winning.

"We are confident, if ever there was a time for us to play big games - it's now. I just want my players to embrace the game."

With United and PSG having never previously met in a competitive fixture, Solskjaer is eager to remain focused on the job in hand and not on upcoming clashes with Chelsea and Liverpool.

He added: "We are going to play against some top teams in the next few games, but now we just focus on this one.

"One of the big pluses is that the players have been focused on the next task. We don’t look too far ahead, because then you lose your focus."

United are 11/8 to win on Tuesday evening and are 11/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline, with the Red Devils 6/5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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Source: bet365.com

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