Manchester United must avoid defeat away to last season’s beaten semi-finalists RB Leipzig in tonight’s Champions League action.
All of the hard work done by the Red Devils – a win in Paris and a home demolition of Tuesday’s opponents – was undone by a shock loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.
That loss threw United into a spiral which included a 3-1 defeat at home by PSG and now culminates in a “do or die” clash. Forwards Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial will both be unavailable while David De Gea, who missed United’s 3-1 win over West Ham, and Luke Shaw have been declared fit enough to travel.
“Knockout games or games like this that mean you can go through or not are big,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“The players are here, they are Man United players, because they have qualities that we’ve looked for and I’m sure that tomorrow night will prove that’s the reason why they’re here, they will show it.
“I think the character of the group is getting better and better and we’re looking forward to the game.”
The hosts have an injury list growing by the day. Konrad Laimer, Lukas Klostermann and Benjamin Henrichs all miss this one through injury while teenager Lazar Samardzic has tested positive for Covid-19. Hwang Hee-chan is unavailable as he recovers from coronavirus and reported United target Dayot Upamecano is suspended.
Besides the gravity of the outcome after 90 minutes on the finances of the Old Trafford club, the future of Paul Pogba has marred the kicked off.
The French star’s agent Mino Raiola’s words ahead of the match has taken centre stage.
“(He) is unhappy at Man Utd, he can’t manage to express himself like he wants to… He needs to change team,” said Raiola.
The key Group H fixture kicks off at 10pm.
Suggested bet: Manchester win or draw at 1.60