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Manchester United had a particularly tough group with the inclusion of PSG and RB Leipzig, but it looked like they were on their way to qualification after winning their first two games.
It meant that taking six points away from Basaksehir would practically confirm the ranking after four games, but that loss in Turkey could still come back to bite them.
A loss tonight will result in a three-way tie for first place with just one trip to Leipzig, while you can never trust this United team to get a result, so they must avoid that situation.
READ MORE: Photo: Donny van de Beek shows a nasty ankle injury after Man United’s win over Southampton
A win tonight would confirm their qualification and their 5-0 win over Leipzig would pretty much ensure they finish in first place and take the seeded draw in the next round, so here’s how they line up tonight:
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 2, 2020
The big takeaway from that lineup is the absence of Donny van de Beek, who continues to fight to keep a regular starting job, while many fans are upset by the decision to drop him.
Why the hell would you bench Donny after how he played Southampton?
– Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) December 2, 2020
How come van de beek is not in the starting eleven?
– Matthew? (@matthewxsutton) December 2, 2020
joking? ARE YOU KIDDING? Bank of Greenwood and van de beek, please don’t do that
– Bruno.redevils (@ Bruno82892435) December 2, 2020
Think about McTominay playing on a penny back and, but not happy not to start, they go beek. Hope comes on in the second half.
– danishx21 (@ danishx21) December 2, 2020
Why is Van de Beek back on the bench? https://t.co/7vJtMKCUFl
– Veks Carter (@ Veks29) December 2, 2020
From the stream fell pic.twitter.com/t5Hu21hwkQ
– Natanael (@ Natanael8420) December 2, 2020
It should be noted that the Dutchman took to social media to show off a nasty swollen ankle after the Southampton win so he could still be struggling, but if he’s fit enough for the bench then he should be fine to start.
It seems that Solskjaer has opted for a more defensive approach due to PSG’s offensive strength, so it will be interesting to see if that decision is worth it.