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Manchester United head to Germany to face RB Leipzig in their final match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night with everything on the line.
Leipzig, United and Paris Saint-Germain enter the final matchday of Group H with 9 points, with PSG leading the group by their head-to-head record. One point is still all the Red Devils need to progress, but they will have to claim it against one of the best teams in Europe …
When does it start? Tuesday December 8
What time does it start? 20:00 (GMT)
Where do you play? Red Bull Arena
TV channel / Live broadcast? BT sport 2
Julian Nagelsmann will not be able to call on the services of key defender Dayot Upamecano as the center-back is suspended. Benjamin Henrichs, who last played Manchester United, will miss the tie at home due to a knee injury. Hee-chan Hwang recently tested positive for COVID-19, so she will also be absent for this game.
Fred saw two yellow cards against PSG last time in the Champions League, so he will not travel to Germany with the United squad. Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial are in doubt after injuring West Ham on Saturday.
David De Gea missed the West Ham game entirely after a knee problem, although the expectation is that the Spaniard will be fit to face Leipzig. Both Phil Jones and Luke Shaw remain sidelined.
RB Leipzig: Gulasci; Mukiele, Konate, Halstenberg, Angelino; Haidara, Kampl, Sabitzer; Forsberg, Nkunku, Poulsen
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mata; Rashford, Greenwood
RB Leipzig come fresh off a draw and a great performance against Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. The 3-3 scoreboard showed two sides for Leipzig: their attacking strength and defensive vulnerability.
The porous nature of Die Roten Bullen’s defense was also on display when United put five past them in the reverse fixture. However, they managed to follow up their embarrassing defeat at Old Trafford with two wins against PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir despite conceding four goals in total.
As mentioned above, the last time these two teams met, Manchester United achieved a resounding victory with goals from Greenwood and Martial, topped by a hat-trick from Marcus Rashford. However, on matchday five of the Champions League, PSG managed to score all three points at Old Trafford as United failed to take advantage of the opportunities that were created.
Here are the latest results from both clubs.
Bayern Munich 3-3 Leipzig (5/12)
Istanbul Basaksehir 3-4 Leipzig (2/12)
Leipzig 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld (11/28)
PSG 1-0 Leipzig (24/11)
Frankfurt 1-1 Leipzig (11/21)
West Ham 1-3 United manchester (5/12)
United manchester 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain (2/12)
Southampton 2-3 United manchester (11/29)
United manchester 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir (11/24)
United manchester 1-0 West Brom (11/21)
When Manchester United’s back is against the wall, they seem to have this tendency to always get ahead. You see that over and over again with the Red Devils comeback in the Premier League.
Also, RB Leipzig don’t seem to have what it takes at the rear to keep Manchester United’s offensive talent out, especially with Upamecano absent. You can’t look past a Manchester United win in this one.
Prediction: RB Leipzig 1-2 Manchester United