Manchester United welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford on Wednesday in the second round of fixtures in this season’s Champions League.
Old Gunnar Solskjaer’s men recorded a superb opening day victory over French champions and last season’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain last time out in the competition, and the clash with Leipzig represents a golden opportunity to take top spot in Group H.
The visitors also enjoyed success in matchweek one as they overcame Turkish champions İstanbul Başakşehir in a comfortable 2-0 win.
Whoever emerges victorious from this one will give themselves a fantastic opportunity to progress into the next round. Here’s 90min’s preview of the upcoming clash.
When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 28 October
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Old Trafford
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 2 (UK)
Referee? Matej Jug
United will be without injured defensive duo Phil Jones and Eric Bailly as they continue rehabilitation from their respective injuries, while Jesse Lingard remains a doubt.
Solskjaer will however be able to call upon the services of Anthony Martial. The Frenchman sat out the weekend draw with Chelsea through suspension, though he is available for European competitions.
The visitors have a whole host of defensive absentees for the trip to Old Trafford. Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann and Nordi Mukiele are all sidelined for the clash, with Benjamin Henrichs expected to fill in on the Leipzig right.
Julian Nagelsmann’s injury woes aren’t just limited to defence either, with Konrad Laimer, Amadou Haidara and Tyler Adams also expected to sit this one out.
Manchester United: De Gea; Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Telles; Cavani, Martial
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Henrichs, Upamecano, Konate, Angelino; Kampl, Nkunku; Sabitzer, Olmo, Forsberg; Poulsen
United have endured a turbulent start to the season to say the least. Impressive away wins at Brighton and Newcastle have been marred with shocking home defeats Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.
However, a brilliant opening day Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain has given Solskjaer’s men the perfect platform to build on in the competition, and a win against Leipzig will see them sit top of the group after two games.
The visitors arrive at Old Trafford in fantastic form. Since an opening day draw with Bayer Leverkusen
Nagelsmann’s side haven’t dropped a point in the league and currently top of the Bundesliga. Their comfortable win over İstanbul Başakşehir in week one of the Champions League means they too boast a perfect record in Group H.
Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea (24/10)
PSG 1-2 Man Utd (20/10)
Newcastle 1-4 Man Utd (17/10)
Man Utd 1-6 Spurs (4/10)
Brighton 0-3 Man Utd (30/9)
RB Leipzig 2-1 Hertha Berlin (24/10)
RB Leipzig 2-0 İstanbul Başakşehir (20/10)
FC Augsburg 0-2 RB Leipzig (17/10)
RB Leipzig 4-0 Schalke (3/10)
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 RB Leipzig (26/9)
Predicting what sort of performance you’re going to get from Man Utd has proved to be nigh-on impossible this season. Solskjaer’s men are capable of the sublime as well as the disastrous, and they’ll have their work cut out against a very good Leipzig side.
Nevertheless, United have more than their fair share of top quality players at their disposal, and they should have enough to get something from the game – if not all three points.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 RB Leipzig