Manchester United are underdogs in their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, striker Romelu Lukaku has said.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has guided United to nine wins and a draw since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, but Lukaku still believes French champions PSG are favourites.
“We’ll come well prepared and we’ll see what happens on the pitch,” he told Canal+’s Canal Football Club.
“We know we’re going to play against a team that is, for me, one of the favourites for the competition.
“You just need to look at their squad. There are players with a lot of talent and a good coach, good fans and owners that have big plans for their club. It’s going to be a tough game.”
Solskjaer guided United to a 1-0 win at Leicester on Sunday before heading to France to watch PSG, missing the injured Neymar, lose 2-1 to Lyon.
“It’s going to be a great clash against Manchester,” PSG defender Thiago Silva told L’Equipe.
“To beat them we will have to be at 110 percent. Solskjaer possibly walked away from here happy because we did not play really well.”
Lukaku is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench when PSG, 10 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, visit Old Trafford next Tuesday.
The Belgium international has found opportunities limited since Jose Mourinho’s departure, with Solskjaer preferring the in-form Marcus Rashford up front, but credits the caretaker manager with improving the mood at Old Trafford.
“It’s different, it’s much more positive,” he said. “People are smiling a lot more. Right now, things are going well. We have to keep going like that, we have to take advantage of that.
“The competitive spirit is starting to come back out in each player. It’s like that in training already when we have little matches, six-a-side, eight-a-side, you can see the players want to prove themselves to the manager and take their opportunity.
“When it comes to matchday each player wants to show themself, but the most important thing is that the team has to win. That’s what’s going to help get us back to where we should be.”