Angel di Maria returns to Manchester as PSG train at Old Trafford on eve of Champions League clash with United… but injured Edinson Cavani is ruled out
- Manchester United face PSG in a competitive game for the first time on Tuesday
- PSG trained at Old Trafford on Monday, 24 hours before Champions League tie
- Kylian Mbappe and former United winger Angel di Maria both trained on Monday
- But Edinson Cavani did not feature after PSG ruled him out of Tuesday’s match
PSG trained at Old Trafford on Monday evening little more than 24 hours before the beggining of their Champions League last 16 tie with Manchester United.
The Paris giants will face United for the first time ever in a competitive match on Tuesday night as their two-legged European clash gets underway.
But PSG winger Angel di Maria will find himself in familiar surroundings, having spent the 2014-15 season as a United player.
The players of Paris Saint-Germain trained on the Old Trafford pitch on Monday evening
Former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was seen at his old stomping ground
Argentina international Di Maria looked relaxed on the eve of Tuesday’s game against United
The whole PSG squad appeared to be in good spirits as they were put through their paces
Di Maria did not enjoy the best of times in England, but he looked relaxed as he trained alongside his PSG team-mates on the eve of Tuesday’s first leg.
Along with Kylian Mbappe, 30-year-old Di Maria will be one of the biggest names on PSG’s Old Trafford team-sheet as star duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani are set to miss the game through injury.
There had been a glimmer of hope that Cavani may shake of a thigh issue to feature, but PSG confirmed on Monday that he will not be in their squad this week.
Right back Thomas Meunier is also unavailable, forcing PSG boss Thomas Tuchel to make changes, although he is reluctant to tweak his tactics too much.
Speaking via a translator on Monday, Tuchel said: ‘Obviously we’re going to be missing a couple of key attackers, but you don’t change your identity for that reason.
‘We have a tradition, we play attacking football and that is how we’re used to playing — to create chances.
‘It’s in our DNA. That’s how we play. To change it is really difficult.’
With injuries to multiple star players, PSG will be pinning their hopes on Kylian Mbappe
Twenty-year-old France ace Mbappe has scored 23 goals for club and country this season
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is reluctant to tweak his tactics too much despite multiple injuries
Experienced goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon kept his eye on the ball as he warmed up on Monday