The last thing that Jose Mourinho needed following a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool was a tough Champions League draw.
Unfortunately for the Manchester United boss, that’s exactly what he’s got.
The Red Devils were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 in what will be an extremely difficult tie for the English club.
PSG finished top of a group that included Liverpool and Napoli and will be even closer to another Ligue 1 title by the time they take on Man United.
That means Thomas Tuchel will be able to tailor the minutes his players receive to ensure they are in perfect condition to face Mourinho’s side.
That’s if the 55-year-old is still in charge in February.
His job is far from secure following the defeat to Liverpool, which leaves the 13-time Premier League champions 11 points adrift of the top four.
Journalist's tweet after PSG draw
Much was made of the lack of support Mourinho received in the transfer window and it’s now blatantly clear that this current side isn’t good enough to compete for major trophies.
In the eyes of Samuel Luckhurst, who covers Manchester United for the Manchester Evening News, it’s essential that an established defender is brought in to cope with the threat that PSG’s attack presents.
“The thought of Mbappe, Neymar, Cavani and Di Maria up against the lot who shipped three at Brighton and West Ham is ominous,” Luckhurst tweeted after the draw.
“Given teams who have fluked it in the Champions League this century, a quality defensive addition next month is all the more essential.”
He’s not wrong. From a Man United perspective, the thought of watching Phil Jones against Neymar is simply frightening.Journalist makes his point clear on Twitter about Man United facing Neymar and Mbappe in CL
The Evening Standard reported last week that the Old Trafford club are considering making an approach to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in January.
The Serie A outfit are understood to be holding out for around £100 million for the Senegal international, who has emerged as one of the best players in the world in his position.