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Solskjaer insists Man United’s ‘mindset’ is to beat PSG and finish top of UCL group

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United’s ‘mindset’ is to beat Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow evening and secure qualification to the Champions League’s knockout stages as group winners.

United currently sit top of Group H with nine points from their four games so far, three points clear of both PSG and RB Leipzig ahead of meetings with both sides in their final two fixtures.

Solskjaer’s side will seal progress to the last 16 as group winners should they defeat PSG tomorrow, though face a difficult task against last season’s runners-up at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian insists the Red Devils are keen to secure qualification as quickly as possible and says his side will attack with intent against the French champions, heading into the clash in confident mood after victory in Paris earlier in the campaign.

“The quicker you can qualify the better, of course,” Solskajer said at his pre-match press conference.

“With a win, we’ll win the group so that’s our intent.

“We want to go out there in our style, attacking intent, defending well against a top team with some top individual players, of course. Our mindset is win this game and we’ve won the group.”

Solskjaer could hand a start to Edinson Cavani against his former side tomorrow evening, the forward having come off the bench to score twice in last weekend’s 3-2 win at Southampton.

The Uruguay international moved to the Premier League on a free transfer during the summer after seven hugely successful years with the Parisians, scoring 200 goals in all competitions to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

Solskjaer admits it will be a ‘special’ occasion for Cavani if selected against Thomas Tuchel’s side, insisting the 33-year-old is ‘ready to play’ following the controversy surrounding the star this week.

The FA have asked the forward to explain his actions after replying to a congratulatory Instagram message including an offensive racial term, though Solskjaer says the star is available tomorrow evening.

“Edinson is ready to play,” Solskjaer said.

“Of course it’s special for him to play against PSG, his old club where he’s the top scorer, so that’ll affect him mentally. I know that’ll give him energy and he’ll be ready.”

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