PSG will not lose to Man Utd if they stop one player – Julien Laurens

PSG can leave Old Trafford with at least a draw provided they stop the in form Paul Pogba.

That is the opinion of ESPN pundit Julien Laurens who believes the Manchester United midfielder is a key player in the Champions League last 16 tie.

Pogba scored another two goals in his last outing to take his personal tally under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to eight in eleven games.

The Frenchman is unrecognisable from the player who was withheld and shackled by Jose Mourinho’s management style.

The club’s record-signing is now flourishing in the freedom provided to him in a more forward role.

His change in position – and attitude – has also seen him get the best out of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford ahead of him.

And when asked what PSG would fear most about this United side Laurens’ answer was clear.

He said:“The relationship between Paul Pogba and his front three, especially with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

“We saw that in the Leicester game where Pogba found Rashford so easily with the ball in behind so I think that will be the focus for PSG.

“If you keep Pogba out of the game then you would be close to at least not losing the game.”

Rashford was rested during Saturday’s victory at Fulham but will return to the fold tonight as United’s focal point in attack.

Solskjaer’s side are in blistering form and close to full strength which is a far cry from the situation the Ligue 1 champions find themselves in.

It has been known for a while that Neymar would miss this contest but Edinson Cavani’s injury on Saturday was not in the script.

Kylian Mbappe is the only survivor of PSG’s fearsome front three and he will assume greater responsibility at Old Trafford tonight.

The 20-year-old started the World Cup final in July alongside Pogba as the French beat Croatia 4-2.

Both Mbappe and Pogba scored in the space of six second-half minutes to help their country lift their second World Cup and have carried that form over into this season’s campaign.

Mbappe himself is averaging more than a goal per game in Ligue 1.