Manchester United Legend and Wales Manager, Ryan Giggs, was yesterday seen at Old Trafford when the team was training ahead of a UEFA Champions League last sixteen first leg tie to be played at Old Trafford tonight.
The UCL match will be United’s interim coaches Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December, and the tie presents him yet again a toughest challenge even though some key players for PSG will miss out due to injuries.
Giggs’ arrival at Old Trafford has been reported by All Football website, which indicated that: “The Red Devils host PSG in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday night – looking to extend their unbeaten run under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 12 games in all competitions.
“And as Solskjaer was preparing his side for that fixture he was joined by current Wales manager Giggs – who was spotted driving into the club’s facilities.”
Meanwhile, another former United great, Louis Saha has warned his former team to be careful with PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, whom he described as unstoppable.
He told Omnisport that: “Paris Saint-Germain are slightly ahead because they kept progressing,” “They have a player like Mbappe who cannot be stopped.
“Man United are a great club with quality players. Paris Saint-Germain are solid because the head coach brought more stability between defence and attack.
“The coach can easily switch his system, he’s very clever and has great communication. He has great coaching staff able to identify the opponent’s philosophy. We saw him changing his system several times during a game.
“The team has evolved a lot. They haven’t taken it to the next level in the Champions League, those few steps left to reach the final. They lacked those elements: the right information, atmosphere, balance, reaction to what cannot be predicted. The coach needs to deal with it, giving the right space and confidence to the players while keeping his defence ready. It’s a balance to reach that is different in Champions League to the league.”
However, Saha also said United should not be counted off to the race for the championship despite sitting fourth in English Premier League.
“The Champions League is a different world,” said Saha, who won the competition with the Red Devils in 2008. “We’ve seen it with Liverpool and others. Some were not the best in the league and, once in the Champions League, the cohesion rises. It is not the same.
“It is not going to about the one who plays a solid game; that’s not enough in the Champions League. It’s about the players able to play freely, to deal with the transitions and with the pressure of the last minutes of the game.
“You have to deal with pressure, ego and confidence. Some attack or defend too much [in the final few minutes]. It is a coaching thing. Zinedine Zidane won Champions Leagues and showed us how to do it. We just hope now that Ole does the same.”