As such, the injuries to the PSG duo should give them a handy advantage when they host Thomas Tuchel's men in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night.
'My feeling is that it will be very hard for him to feature in Manchester. My feeling is that it's going to be very hard for Ed to play, but we have to wait a little longer because he's taking exams now. The club will communicate on this a bit later.
"There were some good performances today, I have to say". I still have a little hope, but the first tests were not good. "In matches like these, decisive Champions League games, you absolutely need your key men as they are experienced in handling pressure in matches like this one".
"There are a lot of plans B. Without Ney, maybe without Marco, maybe without Edi".
And Tuchel conceded the loss of Cavani, combined with the absence of Neymar, would force him to reevaluate his entire game plan for their biggest match of the season to date - the first leg of their Champions League tie with Manchester United. "If we don't dream and we don't have that vision of where we are going, then we will just falter", said Solskjaer. The game against Manchester United is very close and we will use the time to recover as quickly as possible.
"But, obviously I already know Marco's opinion".
"If two or three key players are not there, it is our responsibility to find solutions".
While Tuchel needs Verratti against a United midfield featuring the in-form Paul Pogba, the 58 minutes he played may not be enough to get his rhythm back in time to face a revitalized United.
The Italian is now expected to start on Tuesday against a resurgent United side who claimed their 10th win in 11 games under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when they beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday.
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