NEYMAR may be resting up at home — but Paris Saint-Germain will still unleash one of the world’s hottest young hitmen at Old Trafford this week. Kylian Mbappe would give most managers the shakes, yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certain PSG have an equally fri

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NEYMAR may be resting up at home — but Paris Saint-Germain will still unleash one of the world’s hottest young hitmen at Old Trafford this week.

Kylian Mbappe would give most managers the shakes, yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certain PSG have an equally frightening challenge.

 Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe is widely regarded as one of the top forwards in Europe

Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s answer to the French world champ.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg, the Norwegian added: “I can understand that there will be some comparisons. And I am sure PSG will look at Marcus the way we look at Mbappe — he’s one of the main threats.

“I have only seen Mbappe live once. But I see Marcus every single day and he’s going to be a top-quality player.

“I love working with him. The pair of them will make a massive impression on football for the next ten years. They will really light it up.”

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Rashford will be one of the main threats against PSG
 Rashford has banged in six Premier League goals since Solskjaer took charge

The loss of Brazil ace Neymar — likely to miss both legs with a damaged metatarsal — gives United every prospect of booking only their second Champions League quarter- final in eight years.

Yet while it increases their chances of winning, Solskjaer wanted to test himself.

The interim boss added: “Neymar is very, very good, our fans would love to see him — and the players would love to have played against him.

“One of the things I most remember is playing the best — Zidane, Ronaldo, Figo, Maldini — you look forward to testing yourself against the best.

“That’s how we were and I’m sure these boys would’ve loved to play against him.

“But we’re playing a team which still has top quality players and we will need to perform at our very best.”

When the draw was made, Solskjaer was actually watching it at home in Norway with his son Noah, with nothing more on his mind than domestic honours as Molde gaffer.

Inside a week, he was flying to Old Trafford to haul his old club off its knees — and in the thick of their European assault.

Solskjaer revealed: “Two or three days before I got the job the draw was made. Me and my son were watching it and I thought, ‘Wow, PSG, what a challenge’.

“Then the next thing I was in it, it’s now my challenge!

“It was my dream to take Molde into the Champions League, because I feel I can do something there as a manager.

 Rashford has netted the winners in the recent victories against Leicester, Brighton and Tottenham
 Mbappe has chipped in with 22 goals and 14 assists in 26 games this season

“Then suddenly, bang, you’re there. You get tingles and goosebumps on nights like this. That’s how it is at Man United.

“Everyone’s been looking forward to this for so long — and PSG haven’t been to Old Trafford before.

“They’ve been in England, been at Anfield, but Old Trafford is a special night in the Champions League.

“We’ve had some fantastic nights, like against Juventus, when I remember Giggsy running down that wing.

“We need another night like that. PSG are one of the favourites for the whole thing of course — but to win it we have to beat the best.

“And it’s fantastic for me to have had 11 games coming into this, because we are prepared for it now.

“It’s not like we are coming in cold. I have worked with the players, they know what I want and I know what we’re capable of. We are confident.”

 Neymar will miss the Champions League tie against the Red Devils due to a foot injury

Solskjaer played a huge part in United’s memorable 1999 Champions League triumph — when his famous last-gasp winner against Bayern Munich sealed the Treble.

In his playing days, United were so dominant on the domestic scene he admitted it was really the chance of European glory which was their driving force.

And for all that United are scrapping to make the top four, let alone challenge for the title, it is no different for Solskjaer now he is in the dugout.

He added: “After we won it in 1999, we knew we were going to win the league next time. It sounds ridiculous to say, but we were so confident we would win it the next year.

“So our big focus was then just on doing it again in Europe. We needed to, because that would have made us great.

“We were a good team, but if we could win it again, it would make us a great one.

“We never managed it the next year but of course we won it again after I was finished playing.

“History will always be there with United in Europe — and now we are performing well, anything is possible.”

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How old is Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and who else has the Norwegian managed before?

MANCHESTER UNITED brought in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The legendary former Red Devils striker has since enjoyed a remarkable spell at Old Trafford, winning ten out of his 11 games so far.

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be named Manchester United caretaker manager

He takes the role after Mourinho walked away with an eye-watering £24m payoff.

Who is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 45, was born in Kristiansund, Norway in 1973.

After joining from Norwegian club Molde in 1996, the striker spent eleven years at Old Trafford and netted 126 goals in 366 appearances.

Most famous of all his strikes was his 93rd minute winner against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final in Barcelona.

With the Germans leading 1-0, Teddy Sheringham equalised one minute into stoppage time before Solskjaer poked home from close range two minutes later to complete a stunning comeback.

Who has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his managerial career at Manchester United reserves in 2008, and led them to the Premier Reserve League title in 2010.

A year later he left for Molde and led the Norwegians to two consecutive domestic titles in 2011 and 2012 and the 2013 Norwegian Cup.

But his only experience in England came in a disastrous 2014 spell at Cardiff City in which saw the Bluebirds relegated and Solskjaer sacked in September following a dismal start to the Championship season.

Solskjaer then coached his former academy side, Clausenengen U19, on a part-time basis between 2014 and 2016.

He returned to Molde in 2015 and is currently remains in charge there.

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Solskjaer tells Woodward to give him Man Utd permanent job after moving ahead of top target Pochettino

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has told Ed Woodward: I’ll make Manchester United great again in two years.

The interim boss is now ahead of Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino and promises great things if he gets the job permanently.

 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unbeaten in his ten games in charge of Manchester United

Solskjaer said: “Challenging for every trophy, that’s what we should be about.

“Two years’ time is long enough, but it’s also short enough, to say that we’ve got the possibility to make a big difference.”

Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, will make his choice in the summer.

But Solskjaer revealed: “I’ve got a picture of what this Man United team should look like in a couple of years.

 Solskjaer has told Ed Woodward he can bring the good times back to the Red Devils within two years
 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is a target of United in the summer

“I put my views to Ed Woodward and the club. If we don’t dream and we don’t have that vision of where we are going then we will just falter.

“We’ve got the resources and the infrastructure and the history to move towards the top — and that is the only way we should think about things at Man United.”

United face lowly Fulham today looking to stretch a ten-match unbeaten run since Solskjaer replaced the axed Jose Mourinho.

That streak which helped the Norwegian win the Premier League manager of the month prize.

Striker Marcus Rashford also won the player of the month award.

It is the first time a United player and boss have got the award in the same month since Alex Ferguson and Dimitar Berbatov in 2011.

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