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PSG (2) vs Man Utd (0): Why Lukaku could be the hero in an unlikely comeback [OPINION]

March 4, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
As per Solskjaer, he has been banging in the goals in training and it is only about time he turned up for Manchester United in this dire moment.

Manchester United travels to Parc des Princes on Wednesday with the aim to upturn the first-leg 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. So far, the loss has proved to be the only chink in the armor of the Red Devils whose season has been nothing short of astonishing since the arrival of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, in the next couple of days, their biggest challenge yet will present itself. The task against the high-soaring Parisians is even complicated more with the Old Trafford outfit confirming that 10 key squad members will be amiss in Wednesday's fixture. As it was the case in the first leg, a make-shift system will be employed by Ole and the Norwegian manager will only hope that the men to be called upon will turn up for the showdown.

As confirmed by the 'Baby-faced Assassin' early on, Manchester United certainly does not have much to lose coming into the encounter. As such, an enthralling display dominated with one attacking move after the other could be the order of the day for the Red Devils at Parc des Princes.

In that respect, Romelu Lukaku – who has found his scoring boots under Solskjaer – will be called upon to instigate what could be a historic turnaround considering the handicapped nature of his side. Having taken his rightful position up-top with Marcus Rashford deployed on the wing in the absence of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, the 25-year-old Belgian has excelled by scoring four goals in his last two outings. Currently, he stands as the second-highest scoring player under the new boss.

For 'Big Rom' to possibly bring his A-game on Wednesday, his teammates will be required to put in a shift reminiscent of what was seen in the first 10 minutes of the first-leg clash at Old Trafford. In retrospect, PSG was forced to adjust to Manchester United's high press and physicality. 

Should a similar scenario ensue at Parc des Princes while the Red Devils are expected to go all out albeit without the suspended Paul Pogba, then there could be interesting times ahead. He may not be the most accurate with his efforts at goal but Lukaku could be a nuisance for the likes of Marquinhos and Thiago Silva with his physicality and pace when provided with the right service.

Nonetheless, that is not to say Paris Saint-Germain will be laid back to be bombarded with one attack after the other in their own backyard. As seen for the most part of last two week's encounter, the likes of Di Maria, Julian Draxler, and Kylian Mbappe will surely turn up the heat and ensure a busy night for the Manchester United defense.

Still, in a moment where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is in desperate need of a hero, many will hope that the transition from defense to attack will be swift and precise enough for Lukaku to do due diligence at the opposite end of the field. The Red Devils have the reputation of staging unlikely comebacks and the upcoming test with PSG is no exception despite the English club approaching the fixture with a depleted squad.

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