KYLIAN MBAPPE is the name on everyone’s lips going into Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
Solskjaer has only checked out Mbappe, 20, once in the French club’s first defeat of the season against Lyon last Sunday in a spying mission with his assistant Mike Phelan.
He’s watched Rashford, 21 – missing from yesterday’s 3-0 win at Fulham with a dead leg – in action every day and he’s got up close and personal to the danger PSG face in the Theatre of Dreams.
And Solskjaer is in no doubt that rival boss Thomas Tuchel will be fretting on his fitness just as much as him ahead of the Champions League spectacular.
Solskjaer said: “Marcus is going to be a top-quality player. I love working with him. I am sure PSG will look at Marcus the way we look at Mbappe – he’s one of the main threats.
“Mbappe had a fantastic rise to stardom and he’s got a fantastic smile about him. A great enthusiasm. And there will understandably be comparisons.
“I have seen Mbappe live once and Marcus every single day. Strikers don’t really dominate football but the pair of them will have a massive impression on football for the next 10 years. They will really light it up.”
Although Mbappe will get the chance to light up Old Trafford, one superstar the fans will not get to see is Neymar, who is out with a broken metatarsal.
Solskjaer added: “He is very, very good and our fans would have loved to see him. The players would have loved to have played against him.
“One of the best things I remember is playing against the best players – Zidane, Figo, Maldini. You look forward to testing yourself against the best.
“That’s how we were and I’m certain these boys would have loved to have played against him. Unfortunately, he’s not there.
“But don’t forget Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Angel De Maria. All these players. They’re a good team and will give it a good go.”
United fans have been raised on glorious European nights and Solskjaer says a run in the Champions League can be the springboard to domestic domination.
He said: “We had that feeling you know. After we won in 1999 we knew we were going to win the league.
“And it’s about time now that we moved on again in this competition.
“You get goosebumps on nights like this. Two or three days before I got the job the draw was made and me and my son were watching it.
“I thought, ‘Wow. PSG, what a challenge’. Then the next thing is I was in this challenge. It’s my challenge. It will be a fantastic night.”