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PSG stars begin voyage to Manchester ahead of crunch Champions League last 16 clash

PSG stars begin voyage to Manchester ahead of crunch Champions League last 16 clash with in-form United

  • Paris Saint Germain are enroute to Manchester for the crunch European clash 
  • The French champions will meet United in the Champions League last 16 round
  • Kylian Mbappe was with the travelling party and will lead the line at Old Trafford 
  • PSG are without Neymar and could also be missing star striker Edinson Cavani 

Paris Saint Germain are enroute to Manchester for a crunch European meeting with a United side who look vastly transformed under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The reigning French champions are among the favourites to win the competition this season, though must first overcome a last 16 opening leg clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. 

The stars of PSG boarded their team plane on Monday morning, ready to make the short flight from the French capital to north west England.

Kylian Mbappe was in high spirits as Paris Saint Germain boarded their flight for Manchester

Mbappe and Moussa Diaby made their way on board together, each carrying small coffees

Mbappe and Moussa Diaby made their way on board together, each carrying small coffees

Diaby sipped away while the club's social media channel videoed him boarding the plane

Diaby sipped away while the club’s social media channel videoed him boarding the plane

Legendary 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon was deep in conversation with playmaker Marco Verratti

Legendary ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon was deep in conversation with playmaker Marco Verratti

Documenting their journey, PSG were active across social media platforms to keep their global fanbase up to date on the teams’ whereabouts.

Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon boarded the aircraft while deep in conversation with playmaker Marco Verratti, with both men looking calm and composed ahead of what is their biggest game of the season to date.

Wonderkid Kylian Mbappe rocked up with a small coffee, smiling and nodding to the cameras before making his way inside with close friend and team-mate Moussa Diaby.

Verratti and Buffon were filmed making their way up the steps to board PSG's aircraft

Verratti and Buffon were filmed making their way up the steps to board PSG’s aircraft

French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola blocked out the noise with headphones and headed in

French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola blocked out the noise with headphones and headed in

Young German defender Thilo Kehrer was also snapped by the PSG photographers

Young German defender Thilo Kehrer was also snapped by the PSG photographers

Mbappe will lead the line for Thomas Tuchel’s side at Old Trafford, and will be expecting to provide additional flair and impetus in the absence of talisman Neymar.

The mercurial Brazilian has been ruled out of Tuesday’s match due to a re-occurrence of a foot injury, of which he is working to recover from.

PSG could also be without main goal threat Edinson Cavani, after the Uruguayan limped off during a recent Ligue 1 victory over Bordeaux.

Tuchel rested several names for the meeting, due to PSG’s solid status at the top of Ligue 1, and it was Cavani himself who scored from the penalty spot before later picking up an injury.

Edinson Cavani is set to miss PSG's Champions League clash against the Red Devils

Edinson Cavani is set to miss PSG’s Champions League clash against the Red Devils

Manager Thomas Tuchel admitted the situation wasn't great as Cavani limped off vs Bordeaux

Manager Thomas Tuchel admitted the situation wasn’t great as Cavani limped off vs Bordeaux

Speaking last week, Tuchel told reporters in France that the chances of Cavani appearing at Old Trafford are slim. 

‘We don’t have good news for Edi. My feeling is that it will be very difficult for him to play,’ said manager Thomas Tuchel after the tie. 

‘The club will wait a little longer, but in my opinion the news will not be good. Hope is very, very small.’ 

Tuchel had kept the likes of Leandro Paredes and Mbappe in reserve ahead of the last-16 first leg in Manchester. 

PSG have however already proven their ability in overcoming English opposition this season, after beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool during the group stage in Paris. 

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