United will be relying on their midfielder to help them reach the quarter-finals, but his opposite number thinks he knows how to contain him
Julian Draxler insists Paris Saint-Germain can stop in-form Manchester United star Paul Pogba in their Champions League last-16 tie.
The France midfielder has scored eight goals and registered five assists since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, with his fine form showing no sign of stopping when he scored twice in United’s 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.
But PSG midfielder Draxler believes his team-mates have what it takes to silence Pogba, starting in their first leg clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
He said: “They have got some great players at Man United, especially in midfield, with Pogba and [Nemanja] Matic. They will be key in the game.
“But we’ve got a lot of quality, too. Our players are more than capable. We stopped Paul sometimes in games between Germany and France.
“We’ll see what he does. He can do everything, but we’ve got players capable of stopping Paul.”
Angel Di Maria is likely to start in the absence of Neymar (foot) and Edinson Cavani (thigh).
The Argentina international joined United in a British transfer record £59million deal from Real Madrid in 2014, but failed to live up to expectations, scoring just four goals in his first and only season at Old Trafford before leaving for France in 2015.
Draxler added: “I was asking him some things about Man United, but I won’t tell you what he said – it was nothing bad!
“We will need him without Cavani and Neymar. Hopefully, he gives a good performance. I don’t really know what position I will be playing, but I’m comfortable in lots of positions.
“I’m not the same type of player as Neymar and, clearly, we’ll miss him. I’ll try to put in a great performance.”