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How Manchester United could line up against Paris Saint-Germain

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for Wednesday night's Champions League Group H showdown with Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford.

Manchester United welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford on Wednesday night knowing that they only need one point from their final two games to seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Red Devils currently sit top of Group H with three wins from four games so far, while in all competitions they head into Wednesday's blockbuster on a run of four successive victories.

However, they face a PSG side that knows defeat would leave their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds hanging by a thread, just months after they made it all the way to the final of the competition.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could set his side up for the contest.

Possible MNU XI vs. PSG

Out: Axel Tuanzebe (suspended), Luke Shaw (hamstring)
Doubtful: Eric Bailly (muscle), Jesse Lingard (coronavirus), David de Gea (knee), Donny van de Beek (ankle), Paul Pogba (ankle), Scott McTominay (unspecified), Anthony Martial (illness), Alex Telles (knock)

> Click here for Manchester United's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Solskjaer has a number of injury concerns ahead of this match, but perhaps the biggest talking point surrounds Edinson Cavani - PSG's record goalscorer and two-goal hero of the comeback against Southampton on Sunday.

The Uruguayan netted 200 times in 301 games for PSG, helping them to 15 trophies in the process, and he will no doubt be desperate to face his former club here having missed out on the matchday one showdown in Paris.

However, he has been caught up in a racism storm after using an offensive term in an Instagram post after that game, leaving him facing the prospect of a domestic ban.

Potentially not having Cavani available in the Premier League could actually increase the chance of him featuring on Wednesday night, and he only needs one more goal to reach 50 in UEFA club competition.

Cavani's chances of starting are further boosted by a lingering question mark over the fitness of Anthony Martial, who missed the comeback win over Southampton after falling ill the night before the game.

In addition to Cavani potentially reaching a half-century of goals, it could also be a landmark occasion for Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek, who could make their 50th appearances in the Champions League and UEFA club competition respectively.

Both do have slight injury concerns, but Pogba is now back in training and so should be in contention to feature for the first time since the international break, while Van de Beek is expected to shake off a knock to his ankle.

Whether Pogba comes straight back into the starting lineup is a different matter, having been out of favour even when he was fit, and Solskjaer could name an unchanged midfield to the one which started at the weekend - including Van de Beek again.

Marcus Rashford is expected to start again having netted the late winner in Paris on matchday one, one of five goals he has scored in the group stages this season - he scored just five times in his first 18 appearances in the competition.

David de Gea was forced off at half time against Southampton after suffering a knock to his knee and, while Solskjaer remains hopeful his number one could be fit for this match, he has an able deputy to call upon in Dean Henderson and will have no hesitation in starting his back-up shot-stopper if De Gea is anything less than 100% fit.

United also have doubts hanging over Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay and Eric Bailly, all of whom may have to settle for a spot on the bench at best if they are deemed fit.

There will be no Axel Tuanzebe either, with the defender suspended for this match after picking up three yellow cards in the group stages already this season.

> Click here to see how PSG could line up for this contest


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