• Reaction

Tuchel rates Neymar’s chances of facing Manchester United

Neymar, PSG
Getty Images

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Manchester United will have to deal with Neymar in their upcoming Champions League clash.

Tuchel rested Neymar in Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 routing of Nimes on Friday night to move the Ligue 1 champions into top spot in the standings for the time being.

The German coach opted to give Neymar a break as he had only played for Brazil three days earlier in Peru, where he scored a hat-trick to surpass Ronaldo Nazario in the Selecao’s all-time goalscoring list.

But ahead of the club’s Champions League opener at home to Manchester United on Tuesday, Tuchel intends to use the forward.

“Ney doesn’t have any issue. We talked together, like I did with Kylian [Mbappe],” said Tuchel as quoted on SportsMax.

“We had an honest discussion and I decided to let him rest today. He will be with us tomorrow. He will train and get ready for the game against Manchester United.

“He will be on the pitch, for sure.”

Neymar has only played in three of PSG’s seven Ligue 1 games this season due to coronavirus, a two-match ban, and Tuchel resting him on Friday.

Kylian Mbappe was on target twice in the former Barcelona star’s absence in Nimes, with Alessandro Florenzi and Pablo Sarabia supplying the other two goals.