Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that Paris-Saint Germain could suffer without the services of influential forward Neymar when they face Manchester United in their Champions League last-16 tie.

The Brazilian has been ruled out of both legs against United and Buffon admits that his absence is a massive blow to their Champions League campaign.

The French champions travel to Old Trafford for the first leg on February 12, before the return leg in Paris three weeks later.

“Every year, I always thought it could be the right year,” the 41-year-old told reporters: “But it is 24 years now since I am trying to win the Champions League.

“But it’s very hard to do so. You have to be a bit lucky. Right now for us, it’s a special time because Ney got injured.

“For us, Ney is a very important player because he did unbelievable stuff for the team during the last three months.

“For us, it’s dangerous not to have him.”