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Champions League: before facing PSG, Pogba is back

Barring an injury this Saturday against Newcastle, Paul Pogba, 27, will be at the heart of the game next Tuesday on the lawn of the Parc des Princes. It is difficult to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager of Manchester United, depriving himself of the services of the 2018 world champion for MU’s debut in the Champions League against PSG. The last time the Red Devils went to Paris, Pogba, suspended, witnessed the victory (3-1) and the qualification of his people from the VIP stand of the Park, in March 2019. We remember his joy barely concealed alongside Patrice Evra, followed by the celebration in the middle of his partners on the lawn after the match.

This time, “the Pickaxe” will be in business, and that is obviously a game-changer for Mancunians. The latter can finally count on a player absent for 9 months last season and who is gradually finding his best level. His entry into play, Wednesday with the Blues in Zagreb, further demonstrated how Seine-et-Marnais can directly influence the game of his team and change the parameters of a match.

“Paul is one of the leaders, he is a driving force in the group and he has this ability to be decisive, noted Didier Deschamps after the victory in Croatia (2-1). He is a key and important player in the team. It federates collectively. He has a quality in the penultimate pass. His pass ( Editor’s note: on the goal of victory scored by Mbappé ) triggers everything, even if I don’t take anything away from Lucas Digne’s cross. “

Not yet at 100% of its physical resources

If Pogba has chained 4 games with Manchester (including 3 as holder) since the start of the season, the staff of the Blues like that of the Red Devils must still take precautions with the one who underwent an ankle operation at the start of the season. year 2020. This is the reason why Didier Deschamps did not want to start him against the Croats, after his tenure three days earlier against Portugal (0-0). The tricolor international is not (yet) at full speed, but he is nonetheless a staple of Solskjaer’s team who regularly use him as a defensive midfielder in his 4-2-3-1.

The French, not very successful and sent off in the round of 16 first leg lost by his people at Old Trafford (0-2) in February 2019, will certainly have the will to show a better face on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes. “We all know that it spoke a lot after Manchester’s victory against PSG (1-3 at the Park on the return, after a 2-0 defeat). It was unexpected for the whole world, he confided last week. That’s the beauty of football. There, we are talking about the finalists of the last Champions League ( Editor’s note: the PSG ), with a very large team that comes back stronger. But we (Manchester) have also strengthened with El Matador (Edinson Cavani, the former PSG striker). It will be a game to watch. “

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