Kylian Mbappe hails Marcus Rashford’s character and talks Paul Pogba’s feelings

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Kylian Mbappe has piled praise on Marcus Rashford and admitted he has the ultimate respect for his Champions League rival.

Mbappe and Rashford will go head-to-head in the Champions League tonight when Manchester United travel to face Paris Saint Germain in a mouthwatering Group H showdown.

PSG will be hell-bent on revenge after being dumped out of the knockout stages in 2019 following a famous 3-1 win for United in the French capital.

Rashford's last-minute spot kick sent United into the quarter-finals against all the odds to leave the French champions stunned in the Parc des Princes.

France superstar Mbappe has hailed Rashford as one of the best strikers in the game and someone who has also become an example to all players following his relentless charity work off the pitch to help feed underprivileged children.

The World Cup winner, who has set up his own charity to help youngsters, said: "When you take a penalty in that situation, how much practice you have put on the training ground doesn't matter.

"It is about confidence and he is a player who plays with so much confidence. He is one of the most dangerous forward players in England. Paul (Pogba) has spoken about how special he is – and he does not talk about players in such a way often.

"To tackle an issue as important as child poverty is one of the most important things that somebody can do – so I have full respect that he has been doing that and trying to make a real change.

"I do think there is a requirement for players to use their position to make a difference in the world. We have been given so much and it is important that we give back."

PSG reached last season's final and will go into the clash as favourites against a United side that has made a poor start to the new season.

Despite thrashing Newcastle last weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have conceded 12 goals in four Premier League games to find themselves in the bottom half of the table.

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But Mbappe is taking nothing for granted against a United side he knows are more than capable of pulling off another shock and he said: "What happened in previous seasons is not important anymore.

"This club has a clear ambition to win The Champions League. Last season we came close – but close is not good enough for us anymore.

"We have some of the best players in Europe – and the target is clear.

"We know Manchester United are a team that has many good players – and we have to treat the game with respect. Their form in The Premier League is not relevant for this game. The Champions League is different. They have players that can hurt any team and we must be prepared and ready for them."

Mbappe knows one of those PSG will have to keep close tabs on is French teammate Anthony Martial and he added: "He is a player I have a great understanding with – playing with somebody as talented as Anthony makes your job easier.

"I am sure he will have another big season with Manchester United – and I look forward to playing with him for the national team again. He is a very good friend – but also a player that I connect very well with."

  • Marcus Rashford
  • PSG FC
  • Manchester United FC
  • Kylian Mbappe
  • Paul Pogba
  • Champions League
  • Premier League
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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