Manchester United head to Germany tonight, in a must win game against one of the toughest sides to beat at home – Wolfsburg. The German giants currently sit top of Champions League Group B, but the real danger comes from PSV, who’ll move above us in the table if they better our result.
After an absence from the Champions League last term, Louis van Gaal will be praying he can guide his side into the knockout rounds this year, despite earlier in the week saying that Manchester United simply aren’t good enough to go all the way to glory in Europe’s premier competition this season.
A loss here would be heartbreaking, not only would we be dumped out of the competition but it could also mean we feature in the Europa League come the second half of the season. We all know that the Thursday to Sunday game schedule eventually catches up on most Premier League sides, and we even saw that a few years ago, when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.
Manchester United have a whole host of injuries on their books at the moment. Obviously Luke Shaw is a long-term casualty with a broken leg, and Antonio Valencia has undergone surgery on an ankle problem.
Ander Herrera is missing with a hamstring issue, Morgan Schneiderlin seemingly picked up the same problem over the weekend. Wayne Rooney will also miss the game after suffering a knock in training.
The two sides met at Old Trafford back in game week two. Manchester United won that one, but it certainly wasn’t easy as Wolfsburg took the lead early doors. A Juan Mata penalty and Chris Smalling winner meant that the home side took all three points – which could turn out to be massive come the end of the matches tonight.
Wolfsburg 1-1 Manchester United.
Honestly, this game is going to be extremely difficult. As previously mentioned, Wolfsburg are extremely dominant at home, and although Louis van Gaal’s defence first mentality will prove helpful in this one, its going to be tough to break down the stern defence of the German side.
All things considered, Manchester United currently sit in second place in the group, so they are in a good position at this point in time. If the side are motivated, ready to play and willing to put the work in – we should be able to make it past this stage, and we could be looking forward to a clash against one of the worlds best sides come February.