MANCHESTER. — One of Europe’s traditional financial powerhouses Manchester United meet the nouveau riche Paris Saint-Germain as the Champions League football last 16 gets underway tomorrow with both sides hoping to finally reap some reward on the biggest stage from record levels of investment.
Despite splashing hundreds of millions on new players since taking over in 2011, PSG’s Qatari owners have not been able to buy success in the competition they crave the most with four successive quarter-final exits between 2013 and 2016 the furthest they have progressed.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have ended the French champions’ dreams at this stage in each of the past two seasons.
Once again in the last 16 PSG must face one of the few clubs in the world that can boast greater revenue than they can thanks to United’s commercial power and the riches of the Premier League’s TV contracts.
But, unlike the two Spanish giants who have used their financial muscle to win seven of the last 10 Champions League titles between them, United have made even less of an impression on the competition than PSG since making three finals in four years between 2008 and 2011. — AFP.