Neymar: Why isn’t PSG star playing against Man Utd, will he start in second leg?

Neymar: Why isn’t PSG star playing against Man Utd, will he start in second leg?

The Brazil international has been sensational for the French giants since joining PSG in 2017.Neymar, 27, has scored 48 goals in 53 appearances for

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The Brazil international has been sensational for the French giants since joining PSG in 2017.

Neymar, 27, has scored 48 goals in 53 appearances for PSG following his move from Barcelona.

However, Neymar will be sidelined for PSG’s trip to Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 stage with a foot injury.

Neymar is expected to miss both legs of the Champions League showdown against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

The Brazilian suffered a metatarsal injury in his right foot during a Coupe de France clash in January.

Neymar was told he will be sidelined for around 10 weeks, meaning he will likely miss the second leg against United at the Parc de Princes in March.

PSG are also expected to be without Edinson Cavani for the United clash due to a thigh injury.

Thomas Tuchel has been vocal on Neymar’s absence, with the PSG boss claiming the French giants may struggle.

“Let me put it in another way, will Manchester United miss [Paul] Pogba if he was not there, or [Marcus] Rashford?” he said.

“Of course they will, you cannot replace quality players like this, Neymar is one of the key players in Europe and we miss him a lot and now we miss a second key player with Edinson.

“You can’t just place all the burden on him but we’re talking about Kylian Mbappe – he has his own qualities, it’s not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar, and he can’t do all three things at the same time.

“He has to play his game, to play with confidence and I want us to be capable to help him with the right kind of support, good passes. And, he needs to play with a good mindset, needs to be positive – it’s part of his development.

“We have our identity as a team and it’s not easy to change a team’s identity. Obviously we’re missing a couple of key players but I don’t know if it’s the right time to change our ID.

“We play attacking football, we’re PSG, that’s what we’re used to – to create opportunities, it’s in our DNA.

“To change that is really difficult but I’m sure there will be times where we will defend deeply.”

United’s clash with PSG gets underway on Tuesday evening at 8pm.

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