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Ratings: Fernandes, Greenwood and McTominay shone in defeat to to RB Leipzig as United exit Champions League

Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening after losing 3-2 to RB Leipzig at the RB Arena. Angeliño opened the scoring in the second minute with Amadou Haidara doubling the lead in the 13th minute of the match. A third goal was scored in the first half, but VAR ruled it out for offside. United did conceded the third goal of the match in the 69th minute through Justin Kluivert but a penalty scored by Bruno Fernandes then a header from Harry Maguire got United back into the match seeking a third goal to stay in the Champions League. But the Europa League it is this season now.

It was another poor start for United this season as the hosts opened up the scoring in the second minute of the match with Manchester City loanee Angeliño firing Leipzig 1-0 on the first attack of the match. It was a dire position for United to put themselves into this early in the match. Their chances of continuing in the competition became slimmer. United were not able to recover from the hosts quick passing which threatened United all over the pitch. In the 13th minute of the match, Amadou Haidara doubled the German side’s lead, putting United on the brink in the competition this season.

Leipzig scored a third goal in the first half but VAR ruled that it was offside. That was lucky for United, who were well out of the match by that point. The first half ended with United 2-0 down and needing a big second half to remain in the competition. United had fallen from top spot to third-placed in the group at this stage of the match. At the start of the second half, Solskjaer made his first substitution with Donny van de Beek replacing Alex Telles, who was not at his best during the first half of the match, or in the past two matches – losing possession 15 times. United started to attack their hosts and break forward, and not gaining much.

Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 61st minute of the match with Brandon Williams and Paul Pogba replacing Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic. United needed to get themselves back into the match, posing a threat against their hosts, which had not been the case for the majority of the match. A draw here will see United into Monday’s draw for the round of 16 stage of the competition, otherwise they will be in the draw for the round of 32 in the Europa League. Fernandes almost scored, hitting the post, which was a shame.

Justin Kluivert scored Leipzig’s third goal of the match minutes after coming on, seemingly ending United’s hopes of reaching the round of 16 stage this season. United’s defence was worse than inept on the attack and both Maguire and David De Gea did not seem capable of stopping that goal from hitting the back of the net. This was a massive shambles for United and will cost them massively. Mason Greenwood won a penalty for United with just over ten minutes left. Fernandes took the penalty and scored a consolation for United, who needed two more goals to level the scoreline, to save face in the Champions League this season.

United scored against two minutes later with Fernandes sending the ball into the box and both Pogba and Maguire rising to collect the ball just in front of the goal. The ball was sent towards goal with the Leipzig keeper handling the ball into the back of the net. Pogba was originally given the goal, which was seemingly scored by Maguire, and later given to him. United just needed one more goal to level the score and remain in the competition this season. Despite a number of chances, United were not able to score a third goal and exit the Champions League, falling into the Europa League once again, which is not all that thrilling in all honesty.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Had no chance saving the first goal but should have got something on the second. As for the third, a player of his experience should have made the effort. Not impressed with his form of late. Henderson is waiting in the wings for his chance - perhaps he should start on Saturday?

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2 Victor Lindelof

Played well in the first half at times and did not make an error. It was a shame that United conceded twice in the half though. I'd like to see United play one game and keep a clean sheet, which could provide some confidence. Was replaced by Tuanzebe in the 78th minute.

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5 Harry Maguire

Played some good defensive football at times and got forward for a lot of the match. His hesitation cost United for Kluivert goal. Scored United's second of the match, which was not enough to progress.

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23 Luke Shaw

Played better as a left-back than the third central defender. Was booked, somewhat harshly, in my opinion. Was replaced by Williams in the 61st minute.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

After this performance, you can see why United are rumoured to be interested in signing another right-back. AWOL for the opening goal, not good enough for the second and could have gifted the German club a third goal with a poor back heel. Replaced by Fosu-Mensah in the 77th minute.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Played a deep role which allowed McTominay to play further forward. Much of the match passed him by though, which is not a good point to make. United need to concentrate on their defence in January, focusing on a defensive midfielder and a central defender. But they probably won't apply that kind of logic.

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39 Scott McTominay

Took a while to warm to the match. Was one of the players determined ot try and get United out of the swamp they have placed themselves into. He can say he did his best, which is not something many others can say.

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27 Alex Telles

Poor from the Brazilian. Lost possession 15 times in the first half. Did not seem to be capable of doing much. He was replaced by Van de Beek at half time.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Booked in the fifth minute. Scored from the penalty spot once again. Had a shot saved and his the crossbar. This will be a bitter pill to swallow. United will now have to recharge their batteries and get ready for Thursday night football once again.

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11 Mason Greenwood

One of the bright sparks of the match. Should have scored himself. Showed a lot of ability and tried to get United into a good position. Won the penalty which got them started and close to staying in the competition.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Started the match quietly. he first half was not his best half. He slowly got into the second. Seemed to choose the wrong options most of the time. Did have a part to play though, despite the defeat.

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Substitutes

34 Donny van de Beek

Replaced Telles 46'. Helped to change the game somewhat for United. Could have done a lot better though.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Shaw 61'. Got physical and stuck into the job in hand. Not sure why so many criticise him. He's a young player that has given his all when he's played.

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6 Paul Pogba

Replaced Matic 61'. It was all about him tonight, whether he played or not. Had some good involvement in the match. I'd like to see consistency from him though.

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24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 77'. I'm not sure he really got into the match. United were on the attack for much of the final ten minutes and added time, seeking a third goal which never came.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Lindelof 78'. Did not spend much time on the pitch, or have much involvement. United were pushing for a third goal for much of the tine he was on the pitch.

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Goals: Angeliño 2′, Amadou Haidara 13′, Justin Kluivert 69′; Bruno Fernandes 80′ penalty, Harry Maguire 82′

Assists: Marcel Sabitzer 2′, Angeliño 13′, Christopher Nkunku 69′; Bruno Fernandes 82′

Manchester United: De Gea; Lindelof (Tuanzebe 78′), Maguire, Shaw (Williams 61′); Wan-Bissaka (Fosu-Mensah 77′), Matic (Pogba 61′), McTominay, Telles (Van de Beek 46′); Fernandes; Greenwood, Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson, Grant; Bailly; Mata, Lingard, James; Ighalo

Bookings: Nordi Mukiele 32′, Marcel Sabitzer 35′, Justin Kluivert 62′, Tyler Adams 81′; Bruno Fernandes 5′, Luke Shaw 43′, Harry Maguire 62′, Brandon Williams 68′, Victor Lindelof 77′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Greenwood, Rashford and Fernandes lead the line in Leipzig, Shaw returns, Pogba on the bench

Manchester United will travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig at the RB Arena in the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League this evening. United top the group, albeit on goal difference right now and require a point to reach the round of 16 of the competition this season. Defeats to Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain have led to United leaving it late to reach the knockout stages of the competition this season. If they lose and PSG win, the UEFA Europa League could beckon once again. A win or a draw will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into the round of 16 draw on Monday 14 December.

Leipzig will not be looking to face defeat like they did against United at Old Trafford earlier this season with United scoring five goals against the club. The German side will have seen that United are defensively imperfect at this moment in time, but United would have seen the same. The German club have not kept a clean sheet in their last five matches, conceding three goals in each of their last two matches. United though have a similar problem – keeping a clean sheet once in five matches and conceding seven goals in their last four matches. This could be a good match but United will need to prevail.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Wan-Bissaka, Matic, McTominay, Telles;

Fernandes;

Greenwood, Rashford

Substitutes:

Henderson, Grant; Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Williams; Pogba, Mata, Lingard, James, Van de Beek; Ighalo

RB Leipzig:

Gulácsi;

Mukiele, Konaté, Orban, Angelińo;

Sabitzer, Haidara, Kampl;

Nkunku, Forsberg;

Olmo

Substitutes:

Wosz, Sørloth, Tschauner, Halstenberg, Poulsen, Adams, Kluivert, Martínez, Martel

United and Leipzig have met once in the Champions League with United winning 5-0. United have played German opposition many times in European competition. The first German team played was Borussia Dortmund in 1956 followed by FK Vorwärts Berlin in 1965 with Dortmund again in 1997 followed by FC Bayern München in 1998 and 1999 in what was a good season for United. The Red Devils have also faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. United have played 31 matches against German clubs, winning 15, drawing eight and losing eight. United have scored 55 goals, conceding 36 against German clubs.

United have faced Bayern München the most when playing against German clubs with eleven matches being played against the club with United winning twice, drawing five times and being defeated four times. One of the wins was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a 2-1 victory in Barcelona. The last German team to face United in the competition was Wolfsburg in the group stages of the competition five years ago, winning once and losing once. Leipzig have faced Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, their only English opposition, winning 4-0 on aggregate; 1-0 in London and 3-0 in Leipzig.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [3-4-1-2] Martial and Rashford, with Fernandes in behind? Pogba to inspire United to victory?

Manchester United will travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig at the RB Arena in the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening. United top the group, albeit on goal difference right now and require a point to reach the round of 16 of the competition this season. Defeats to Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain have led to United leaving it late to reach the knockout stages of the competition this season. If they lose and PSG win, the UEFA Europa League could beckon once again. A win or a draw will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into the round of 16 draw on Monday 14 December.

Leipzig will not be looking to face defeat like they did against United at Old Trafford earlier this season with United scoring five goals against the club. The German side will have seen that United are defensively imperfect at this moment in time, but United would have seen the same. The German club have not kept a clean sheet in their last five matches, conceding three goals in each of their last two matches. United though have a similar problem – keeping a clean sheet once in five matches and conceding seven goals in their last four matches. This could be a good match but United will need to prevail.

How United have faired against RB Leipzig and other German teams in the European Champions Clubs’ Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

United and Leipzig have met once in the Champions League with United winning 5-0. United have played German opposition many times in European competition. The first German team played was Borussia Dortmund in 1956 followed by FK Vorwärts Berlin in 1965 with Dortmund again in 1997 followed by FC Bayern München in 1998 and 1999 in what was a good season for United. The Red Devils have also faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. United have played 31 matches against German clubs, winning 15, drawing eight and losing eight. United have scored 55 goals, conceding 36 against German clubs.

United have faced Bayern München the most when playing against German clubs with eleven matches being played against the club with United winning twice, drawing five times and being defeated four times. One of the wins was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a 2-1 victory in Barcelona. The last German team to face United in the competition was Wolfsburg in the group stages of the competition five years ago, winning once and losing once. Leipzig have faced Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, their only English opposition, winning 4-0 on aggregate; 1-0 in London and 3-0 in Leipzig.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League at the RB Arena on Tuesday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea missed the 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Saturday evening with a knee injury. Hopefully he will be fit to face RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening. He started and played 90 minutes against Paris Saint-Germain last week in the Champions League, days after suffering a knee injury against Southampton, which saw hims substituted at half time with Dean Henderson replacing him and starting against the Hammers this weekend. If he is not fit, Henderson will be called upon once again in the elite European competition, hoping to have a better match than the one against Istanbul Basaksehir, which United lost 2-1 in Turkey.

Defenders: Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire

It is important that United’s defence find their feet as at the moment, it is the area that United seem to be lacking in. In their last three matches, six goals have been conceded with United winning two matches – coming from behind and losing the other, despite coming from behind the level the scoreline. A three-man defence might work against Leipzig with Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire all starting. Luke Shaw has played in a three-man defence this season, but it does not look like he will be fit to face the German side this week, which is a shame. Victor Lindelof could refresh his batteries if he is rested in Tuesday.

Midfield Four: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Alex Telles

The midfield is key to this United side winning their matches. With a three at the back formation, the fullbacks will operate in midfield, playing further forward than normal, which for Alex Telles will be find as he regularly played in this position with Porto. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will keep his place on the right with both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay playing in the centre of midfield. United should be able to sort things with this formation as it gives three forward players just ahead of the midfield on the attack with the fullbacks providing the width and them pushing back in defence when needed, giving five at the back.

Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes is the best player in this United squad this season and he has not been at the club for a year yet. He has scored ten goals and seven assists in all competitions this season. When he does not play, United seem to miss him, which shows how much he offers the club. It is important that United keep him fit and that rumours of clubs in Europe being interested in him are not true. United should be giving him a new contract based on the impact he has had at the club, ensuring that any attempt to sign him end with frustration for the club that wants him. This will be a busy week for United with Leipzig and Manchester City on the horizon.

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are two of the brightest talents to come out of United’s academy in a long time. With the fact that Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial could be unavailable for the visit to Germany on Tuesday evening, the home grown duo could lead the line for United with Fernandes playing just behind them in his favoured position. Both Rashford and Greenwood scored against West Ham on Saturday so will be seeking to continue to guide United onto the right road, which should be the road to consistency. This is an important match. It is quite possible that Cavani and Martial could be involved in some capacity.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson, Lee Grant; Victor Lindelof, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Facundo Pellistri, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek; Odion Ighalo

In the Champions League, Solskjaer will have five substitutions, which will help this month with seven more matches to be played before the 29 December. This will be the final Champions League group stage Marchand will decide whether United will be in the round of 16 stage draw on Monday. Dean Henderson and Lee Grant could be the goalkeepers on the bench with Victor Lindelof, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Brandon Williams available in defence. In midfield, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Facundo Pellistri and Nemanja Matic could be called upon with Odion Ighalo the only forward on the bench.

Written by John Walker

Preview: RB Leipzig -v- Manchester United – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 or bust for United

RB Leipzig -v- Manchester United

UEFA Champions League

RB Arena, Leipzig

Tuesday 8 December 2020, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz Assistants: Pau Cebrián Devís, Roberto del Palomar

Fourth Official: Fabio Verissimo

VAR: Alejandro Hernández Assistant VAR: Ricardo de Burgos

Manchester United will travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig at the RB Arena in the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening. United top the group, albeit on goal difference right now and require a point to reach the round of 16 of the competition this season. Defeats to Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain have led to United leaving it late to reach the knockout stages of the competition this season. If they lose and PSG win, the UEFA Europa League could beckon once again. A win or a draw will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into the round of 16 draw on Monday 14 December.

Leipzig will not be looking to face defeat like they did against United at Old Trafford earlier this season with United scoring five goals against the club. The German side will have seen that United are defensively imperfect at this moment in time, but United would have seen the same. The German club have not kept a clean sheet in their last five matches, conceding three goals in each of their last two matches. United though have a similar problem – keeping a clean sheet once in five matches and conceding seven goals in their last four matches. This could be a good match but United will need to prevail.

Manchester United: WLWWWW

West Ham United 3-1 W, Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 L, Southampton 3-2 W, Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 W, West Bromwich Albion 1-0 W, Everton 3-1 W

RB Leipzig: DWWLDW

Bayern Munich 3-3 D, Istanbul Basaksehir 4-3 W, Arminia Bielefeld 2-1 W, Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 L, Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 D, SC Freiburg 3-0 W

Top Scorers: 10 goals for both Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford this season whereas Angeliño with six and Yussuf Poulsen with five are the top scorers for the German club.

Manchester United Goals: 10 – Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, 3 – Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, 2 – Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, 1 – Own Goal, Daniel James, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United are inconsistent form this season in terms of building something that will develop into the magnificence that we have seen over the years. However, they do seem to be consistent in coming from behind to win matches and winning matches away from home, making it nine in a row after the victory over West Ham United on Saturday. Solskjaer’s side will need to do a lot better if they are to achieve something this season. The leaky defence will need to find a way to stop conceding poor goals with the attackers prevailing in scoring goals which will see United rise from the ashes of inconsistency.

RB Leipzig Goals: 6 – Angeliño, 5 – Yussuf Poulsen, 4 – Emil Forsberg, 3 – Christopher Nkunku, 2 – Amadou Haidara, Marcel Sabitzer, 1 – Marcel Halstenberg, Hwang Hee-chan, Justin Kluivert, Ibrahima Konaté, Nordi Mukiele, Dani Olmo, Willi Orban, Alexander Sørloth, Dayot Upamecano

Leipzig have been a positive side this season and suffered their first defeat against United in the second group stage match this season. In their last two matches though, six goals have been conceded which shows a defensive problem ahead of what will be an important match for the club on Tuesday evening which could see them continue in the Champions League or fall into the Europa League, which is the same fate that could happen for United. A 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich on Saturday will inspire the club against United, but United will be boosted by their victory over the Hammers, coming from behind once again.

Team News: Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial doubts for the match against RB Leipzig; David De Gea could return. Dayot Upamecano suspended, up to five other players could be missing too.

Phil Jones (knee) has been ruled out until after Christmas but he was not named in the squad for the Premier League or the Champions League, so he would not have been eligible to play, if fit, anyway. Luke Shaw (thigh) has returned to training but only has a 25% chance of featuring for United in this match, which seems unlikely. Perhaps he will be stepping up his recovery for the Manchester derby next weekend? Edinson Cavani (muscular) was injured against West Ham, as was Anthony Martial (groin/hip). David De Gea (knee) has a 50% chance for this match. Fred will be suspended after seeing red in the last match.

Dayot Upamecano is suspended for the clash with United at the RB Arena on Tuesday evening. The German club also have Fabrice Hartmann (ruptured knee ligament), Konrad Laimer (ankle fracture), Lukas Klostermann (knee), Benjamin Henrichs (Patella problems), Hee-chan Hwang (coronavirus) who are mostly unavailable for the clash with United. This is a big game for both teams with participation in the Champions League at stake. A win or draw for United will see the Red’s go through but Leipzig will need nothing less than a victory to remain in the competition this season.

Predicted Starting XI: Rashford and Greenwood to lead the line with Fernandes in behind? Pogba to show his ability and drive United into the round of 16 in the Champions League?

United will have to find some answers to overcome their problems on the pitch this season. Whilst they have been pulling results out of the bag, especially away from home, they seem to concede many goals, which is the main thing that will need to be corrected. Playing a three at the back formation has been good for United at times this season, so playing it again could work. Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford should lead the line with Bruno Fernandes in behind them. A midfield four of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Alex Telles with a back three of Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire, ahead of David De Gea.

Match Prediction: One match played between these two sides with United victorious in a five-goal thriller at the Theatre of Dreams. This match may not be similar to that with both teams leaking goals recently.

United and Leipzig have met once in the Champions League with United winning 5-0. United have played German opposition many times in European competition. The first German team played was Borussia Dortmund in 1956 followed by FK Vorwärts Berlin in 1965 with Dortmund again in 1997 followed by FC Bayern München in 1998 and 1999 in what was a good season for United. The Red Devils have also faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. United have played 31 matches against German clubs, winning 15, drawing eight and losing eight. United have scored 55 goals, conceding 36 against German clubs.

United have faced Bayern München the most when playing against German clubs with eleven matches being played against the club with United winning twice, drawing five times and being defeated four times. One of the wins was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a 2-1 victory in Barcelona. The last German team to face United in the competition was Wolfsburg in the group stages of the competition five years ago, winning once and losing once. Leipzig have faced Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, their only English opposition, winning 4-0 on aggregate; 1-0 in London and 3-0 in Leipzig.

RB Leipzig 2-3 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Player Ratings: Rashford hat-trick hero in 5-0 thriller; Greenwood back in the zone, Pogba an inspiration, Van de Beek a top signing

Manchester United beat RB Leipzig 5-0 in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. A late hat-trick for Marcus Rashford, who came off the bench will be the headline from the match but Mason Greenwood’s opener in the 21st minute of the match put United ahead early doors. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continued to press their opposition with Rashford scoring a brace after just 15 minutes on the pitch with Anthony Martial winning and scoring a penalty to put United 4-0 up. Rashford then completed his hat-trick in added time. Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday – Solskjaer cannot wait for that.

United started the match in fine fettle seeking to break through and seek that early goal, which as always was elusive despite a number of chances being created in the early stages of the half. Fred has a good opportunity in front of goal for United from a good attack, sadly not hitting the back of the net with Peter Gulácsi making the save to deny the Brazilian. Four minutes later, United were on the attack again with Fred releasing Anthony Martial with the ball not reaching Mason Greenwood and cleared before reaching Paul Pogba – Martial should have done so much more with the ball there. Leipzig threatened United at times, but needed to do better themselves.

In the 21st minute of the match, United took the lead through Mason Greenwood, scoring his second goal of the season. Pogba was at the heart of the attack, driving the ball through the Leipzig defence and sliding the ball to Greenwood. The teenager then made no mistake to continue running with the ball in the box and firing low past Gulácsi into the far corner of the net. VAR looked at the goal and gave it with Greenwood onside. Leipzig had an opportunity at the other end almost immediately with David De Gea pushing Christopher Nkunku’s powerful drive over the crossbar. Dayot Upamecano then had a chance from 30-yards which was high and wide.

United’s passing was sharp against Leipzig at this stage of the match, which was perhaps the driving force behind the fact they took the early lead through Greenwood. Leipzig had another opportunity through Angelino, who was picked out near the far post. He got a volley away but Aaron Wan-Bissaka got a crucial block in with the ball looping up into the arms of De Gea. A minute later, Nemanja Matic was booked for catching Emil Forsberg with his arm whilst in possession of the ball. The Leipzig player seemed to go down pretty easy – not surprisingly. Greenwood’s goal still separated the two sides, which was his sixth goal in major European competitions.

United started well in the second half, seeking to double their lead but Leipzig were also seeking to get themselves back into the match. Benjamin Henrichs was the first Leipzig player to be booked for pulling Pogba’s shirt in the 47th minute of the match. A minute later, Nkunku was the target for Yussuf Poulsen, who had the chance to find him at the far post. However, the cross was cut out by United. At the other end, Donny van de Beek had the chance to find himself a second goal for his club but Ibrahima Konaté made a crucial intervention. There was a cry for a penalty, which was not given by VAR – it would have been a harsh one for Leipzig.

United made a double substitution in the 63rd minute of the match with Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay replacing Greenwood and Matic in the 63rd minute of the match. Solskjaer then made a third substitution in the 68th minute with Bruno Fernandes replacing Van de Beek, who had a good match for United. Rashford scored a goal, assisted by Fernandes which was flagged for offside but the United forward carried on running and buried the ball into the back of the net. He received the ball in United’s half and VAR allowed the goal. Two minutes later, he scored United’s third of the evening after capitalising from a defensive error by Leipzig.

Martial won a penalty for United in the 87th minute of the match. Rashford was on a hat-trick but he showed how unselfish he is and allowed Martial to take the penalty that he won, scoring his first goal of the season from the spot. United were 4-0 up at Old Trafford against Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League with many suggesting that this was probably the hardest match of the group. United were not finished there as Edinson Cavani found the back of the net, but he was offside but Rashford completing his hat-trick in the second minute of added time was the icing on the cake for United. On to Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Clean sheet. Made a good save to deny Leipzig in the first half and seem so much more confident in himself and his abilities at this stage of the season, which bodes well for me. Pulled off another good save with Konate's effort threatening his goal, top draw.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

His tackling is almost perfect - his best attribute. Going forward is something that will be needed with more vigour as the season develops, but defensively, he rarely steps a foot wrong. Replaced by Tuanzebe in the 81t minute of the match.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Cleared a few chances for Leipzig and defended well, as will have been expected with Tuanzebe looking to take his place from him. Continued to do what was needed throughout the match for United and will be happy with the clean sheet in the Champions League against one of the most underrated teams in Germany.

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5 Harry Maguire

Needed to watch himself against Poulsen, who was the reason for his first yellow card for England against Denmark. Defended well and led the team positively as they heaped a lot of pressure on the German side.

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23 Luke Shaw

Defended well at left-back and got forward a lot of the time. Seemed to want to much for the victory knowing that Telles, who has not featured in the last two matches, will be seeking to make the left-back position his own.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Booked in the first half for making contact with Forsberg, who went down too easily for my liking. Could have been sent off in the second half, but the referee was not having any of it. Did what was needed in the midfield to shield the defence and keep United on top. Replaced by McTominay in the 63rd minute of the match.

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17 Fred

Had a great chance to open the scoring in the first half but forced Gulácsi to make the save, which was a shame for the Brazilian who has not scored for United in the Champions League. He played well in midfield and seems to be reaching some kind of form again, which is a good sign.

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6 Paul Pogba

Provided the assist for United's opening goal, scored by Greenwood in the 21st minute of the match. Seemed to start finding his fitness after that coronavirus episode and the fact there was no pre-season this summer. Good to see him start to find some form. Replaced by Cavani in the 81st minute of the match.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Started his first match for United. Played well and looked lively as the more advanced midfielder at the tip of the diamond. He did not get a goal or an assist but showed what he was capable of and as Solskjaer said, he will get more than enough playing time this season. He was replaced by Fernandes in the 68th minute of the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Opened the scoring for United with a great finish, assisted by Pogba in the 21st minute of the match. Six goals in major European competition so far for the teenager. He was unable to double his goal tally of the evening and was replaced by Rashford in the 63rd minute of the match.

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9 Anthony Martial

Seemed to be a bit rusty but still up for breaking through the Leipzig backline, however, not doing much when he did. Has one more Premier League match to sit out before his suspension is over but will be ready to play in the Champions League again next week against Istanbul Basaksehir. Won a penalty Late win the game and Rashford let him take it, scoring 8is first goal of the season. Also provided the assist for Rashford's third goal of the evening.

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Substitutes

10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Greenwood 63'. Hat-trick hero. He is a player in a great amount of form right now and Solskjaer has the option to rest him, which was not the case last season. When he came on, he was on fire and continued to be. From feeding underprivileged children to feeding balls into the back of the net.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Matic 63'. Did his job in midfield and helped United with his energy and desire to win the ball and help United on the road to victory.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Replaced Van de Beek 68'. Got an assist in a cameo appearance for United, which shows the strength in depth in this United squad this season. Perhaps the haters can take a rest and chill for a while - the need to.

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38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 81'. Came on late in the match to add something in defence, giving Wan-Bissaka a chance to get some rest in before the Arsenal match on Sunday.

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7 Edinson Cavani

Replaced Pogba 81'. Scored but was offside. Looks fit enough to offer something going forward for United. The fact he can come off the bench late in the game gives United more than they had last season. Granted, he has not scored yet but there is plenty of time for that this season.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 21′, Marcus Rashford 76′, 78′, 90+2′, Anthony Martial 87′ penalty

Assists: Paul Pogba 21′, Bruno Fernandes 76′, Anthony Martial 90+2′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Tuanzebe 81′), Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Matic (McTominay 63′); Fred, Pogba (Cavani 81′); Van de Beek (Fernandes 68′); Greenwood (Rashford 63′), Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Mengi; Mata, James; Ighalo

Bookings: Nemanja Matic 34′; Benjamin Henrichs 46′, Justin Kluivert 77′, Marcel Sabitzer 86′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Van de Beek and Pogba start against Leipzig in the Champions League; Cavani, Fernandes and Rashford on the bench

Manchester United return to action in the UEFA Champions League as they welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford for the first time in the history of European competition. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to get back to winning ways after that dire 0-0 draw against Chelsea at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday evening. The victory over Paris Saint-Germain will boost United’s confidence in the competition as they come against the German side that has not been beaten so far this season, only dropping points to Bayern Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann will be seeking a good result in Manchester.

Solskjaer will once against have the services one Anthony Martial for this match with him being suspended domestically for his red card against Tottenham Hotspur, of which he will sit out one more match; the Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday. United rested both Axel Tuanzebe, who played well in his first match after a ten-month injury layoff and summer signings Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles against Chelsea with the trio being fit to face Leipzig. Harry Maguire returned from injury which kept him out against PSG and Edinson Cavani made his United debut, from the bench and almost scoring.

United will be seeking an early qualification from their group with all six group stage matches being played in just eight weeks, with one match each week, then the last international break of 2020 taking a two-week period after three matches have been played, with the following three coming in the weeks after. A win against Leipzig and two wins over Istanbul Basaksehir could see United through with two matches left to play. A defeat or a draw could prolong United group stages into the final two matches, dependant on what happens in the other matches to be played in the group. Solskjaer will be hoping that his toughly United side can prevail.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic;

Fred, Pogba;

Van de Beek;

Greenwood, Martial

Substitutes:

Henderson; Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Tuanzebe, Mengi; Mata, Fernandes, James, McTominay; Cavani, Rashford, Ighalo

RB Leipzig:

Gulácsi;

Konate, Upamecano, Halstenberg;

Henrichs, Kampl, Nkunku, Angelino;

Olmo, Poulsen, Forsberg

Substitutes:

Tschauner, Martinez, Orban, Sabitzer, Hwang, Adams, Sørloth, Samardžić, Kluivert, Borkowski, Martel, Wosz

United and Leipzig have not yet met competitively in Europe but United have played German opposition many times in European competition. The first German team played was Borussia Dortmund in 1956 followed by FK Vorwärts Berlin in 1965 with Dortmund again in 1997 followed by FC Bayern München in 1998 and 1999 in what was a good season for United. The Red Devils have also faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. United have played 31 matches against German clubs, winning 15, drawing eight and losing eight. United have scored 55 goals, conceding 36 against German clubs.

United have faced Bayern München the most when playing against German clubs with eleven matches being played against the club with United winning twice, drawing five times and being defeated four times. One of the wins was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a 2-1 victory in Barcelona. The last German team to face United in the competition was Wolfsburg in the group stages of the competition five years ago, winning once and losing once. Leipzig have faced Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, their only English opposition, winning 4-0 on aggregate; 1-0 in London and 3-0 in Leipzig.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-1-2-1-2] Solskjaer to bring back the midfield diamond against Leipzig? Rashford and Martial to lead the line?

Manchester United return to action in the UEFA Champions League as they welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford for the first time in the history of European competition. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to get back to winning ways after that dire 0-0 draw against Chelsea at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday evening. The victory over Paris Saint-Germain will boost United’s confidence in the competition as they come against the German side that has not been beaten so far this season, only dropping points to Bayern Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann will be seeking a good result in Manchester.

Solskjaer will once against have the services one Anthony Martial for this match with him being suspended domestically for his red card against Tottenham Hotspur, of which he will sit out one more match; the Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday. United rested both Axel Tuanzebe, who played well in his first match after a ten-month injury layoff and summer signings Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles against Chelsea with the trio being fit to face Leipzig. Harry Maguire returned from injury which kept him out against PSG and Edinson Cavani made his United debut, from the bench and almost scoring.

United will be seeking an early qualification from their group with all six group stage matches being played in just eight weeks, with one match each week, then the last international break of 2020 taking a two-week period after three matches have been played, with the following three coming in the weeks after. A win against Leipzig and two wins over Istanbul Basaksehir could see United through with two matches left to play. A defeat or a draw could prolong United group stages into the final two matches, dependant on what happens in the other matches to be played in the group. Solskjaer will be hoping that his toughly United side can prevail.

How United have faired against German teams in the European Champions Clubs’ Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

United and Leipzig have not yet met competitively in Europe but United have played German opposition many times in European competition. The first German team played was Borussia Dortmund in 1956 followed by FK Vorwärts Berlin in 1965 with Dortmund again in 1997 followed by FC Bayern München in 1998 and 1999 in what was a good season for United. The Red Devils have also faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. United have played 31 matches against German clubs, winning 15, drawing eight and losing eight. United have scored 55 goals, conceding 36 against German clubs.

United have faced Bayern München the most when playing against German clubs with eleven matches being played against the club with United winning twice, drawing five times and being defeated four times. One of the wins was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a 2-1 victory in Barcelona. The last German team to face United in the competition was Wolfsburg in the group stages of the competition five years ago, winning once and losing once. Leipzig have faced Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, their only English opposition, winning 4-0 on aggregate; 1-0 in London and 3-0 in Leipzig.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper’s form has grown this season and he seems to have rebuilt his confidence and is slowly returning to that goalkeeper that we all know he is, which is great news. United could do with De Gea having a long spell of good form, which will build his confidence up even more and bring out the best of United’s defence. The fact that Dean Henderson is pushing to get a chance is a good thing too as it will bring out the best in both goalkeepers, which will benefit United from one competition to the next. As yet, Henderson has only played in the Carabao Cup but he will get his chance in other competitions at some point.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles

The defence has improved since that 1-6 defeat to Spurs earlier in the month which is a great sign. United kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League the season against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Saturday which was also the first 0-0 draw of the season. The result was perhaps a bit of a let down but it keeps United’s record against Chelsea in good stead. Axel Tuanzebe should be starting this match, despite playing 90 minutes once after a ten-month absence, he should be ready. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles should start in the fullback roles with Harry Maguire starting his first match in the Champions League for United.

Midfield Three: Donny van de Beek, Fred, Paul Pogba

The midfield is an area where United perhaps have a lot of depth and strength but it is also an area that seems to be heavily criticised by the media and the so-called supporters of the club who only seem to know how to moan and have higher standards because of their lack of knowledge of most things football. Donny van de Beek has not been playing a lot of football this season, perhaps working on something in the background – strength maybe, so could be called into action in this match. Fred and Paul Pogba could both start with United playing a midfield diamond, which would be a positive formation against the Bundesliga club.

Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has been a great signing for United and alongside Marcus Rashford, is the clubs highest goalscorer this season with four goals a piece. The Portuguese midfielder did not look happy with the match on Saturday which will have been working overtime in his mind, inspiring him to lead from the front and help United get a much better result at Old Trafford against Leipzig, a team that United have not yet played competitively in European competition. Fernandes has the ability to be unplayable on his day and he has the strengths and abilities to make things happen for United, which shows how much of a great signing he was for the club.

Forwards: Marcus Rashford, AnthonyMartial

Anthony Martial will be eligible to face Leipzig at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening after sitting out a domestic suspension following his red card against Spurs. Whilst many will be suggesting that Edinson Cavani should start alongside him in a forward two, I think it will be Marcus Rashford that will be starting as he seems to be the player in form so far this season with Martial not yet scoring his first goal for the club, aside of that own goal in Paris last week. Cavani seemed in good form at the weekend but may lack that match fitness to start, which might well be something I am wrong about. Bringing him on late in the match could work.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Juan Mata, Daniel James, Facundo Pellistri, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay; Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo

United will have up to five substitutes in the Champions League this season, compared to the three they can use in domestic matches. This could work well with players becoming much fresher as the season grows on. In goal, Dean Henderson will take his spot, waiting for his first chance in the Champions League. Defensively, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw could be there should they be required. In midfield, perhaps the strongest area in the squad, Juan Mata, Daniel James, Facundo Pellistri, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay could well be needed in the match. In attack, Edinson Cavani and Odion Ighalo could well offer something late in the match.

Written by John Walker

Preview: A United victory over Leipzig would set Solskjaer’s side up well in the Champions League

Manchester United -v- RB Leipzig

UEFA Champions League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Wednesday 28 October 2020, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Matej Jug Assistants: Tomaž Klančnik, Grega Kordež

Fourth Official: Asmir Sagrković

VAR: José María Sánchez Assistant VAR: Bas Nijhuis

Manchester United return to action in the UEFA Champions League as they welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford for the first time in the history of European competition. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to get back to winning ways after that dire 0-0 draw against Chelsea at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday evening. The victory over Paris Saint-Germain will boost United’s confidence in the competition as they come against the German side that has not been beaten so far this season, only dropping points to Bayern Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann will be seeking a good result in Manchester.

Solskjaer will once against have the services one Anthony Martial for this match with him being suspended domestically for his red card against Tottenham Hotspur, of which he will sit out one more match; the Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday. United rested both Axel Tuanzebe, who played well in his first match after a ten-month injury layoff and summer signings Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles against Chelsea with the trio being fit to face Leipzig. Harry Maguire returned from injury which kept him out against PSG and Edinson Cavani made his United debut, from the bench and almost scoring.

United will be seeking an early qualification from their group with all six group stage matches being played in just eight weeks, with one match each week, then the last international break of 2020 taking a two-week period after three matches have been played, with the following three coming in the weeks after. A win against Leipzig and two wins over Istanbul Basaksehir could see United through with two matches left to play. A defeat or a draw could prolong United group stages into the final two matches, dependant on what happens in the other matches to be played in the group. Solskjaer will be hoping that his toughly United side can prevail.

Manchester United: DWWLWW

Chelsea 0-0 D, Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 W, Newcastle United 4-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 L, Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 W, Brighton 3-2 W

RB Leipzig: WWWWDW

Hertha Berlin 2-1 W, Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 W, FC Augsburg 2-0 W, FC Schalke 04 4-0 W, Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 D, FSV Mainz 05 3-1 W

Top Scorers: 17 goals scored for both teams this season with United playing one more competitive match (eight) than Leipzig (seven). Can Edinson Cavani open his account with United this week?

Manchester United Goals: 4 – Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, 2 – Juan Mata, 1 – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Donny van de Beek, Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, Own Goal, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay

United’s season has not been as bad as some make out. The 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and the 1-6 defeat to Spurs have not defined anything really. They are two bad results from a period that United were lacking something; mainly match fitness. It is all well and good to think about things on paper but realistically, this was always likely to happen at some stage this season. The fact that last season dragged on into the summer and no pre-season being planned because of the month between the last season ending and this one starting was a major factor in the start to the season. United are now showing form and are able to steer away from the defeats.

RB Leipzig Goals: 4 – Angelino, 3 – Yussuf Poulsen, 2 – Amadou Haidara, Emil Forsberg, 1 – Dayot Upamecano, Hwang Hee-chan, Marcel Halstenberg, Marcel Sabitzer, Own Goal, Willi Orban

Leipzig will be the team to beat for United. They have started the season unbeaten dropping points against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and beating FC Nürnberg in the first round of the DFB-Pokal this season and Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 in the first group stage match of the Champions League. United and Leipzig have never played a competitive match in the history of both clubs, so it will be another unknown meeting. The German club sold Timo Werner to Chelsea in the summer and could have lost Dayot Upamecano, who is considered as one of their star players at the club currently, so they will still require a bit of fight to get a result.

Team News: Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek to make their first starts against Leipzig at Old Trafford?

Anthony Martial is available to feature for United in the Champions League against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night after serving two of his three match suspension, which will see him serve his final match against Arsenal on Sunday, being available to feature in the Premier League against Everton. United have three players on the sidelines through injury; Phil Jones (knee), who has not been named in any squad this season, Jesse Lingard (other), Eric Bailly (muscular). It is expected that Edinson Cavani is fit and ready to go, which will take the strain off Marcus Rashford a little as the matches start to come thick and fast at this stage of the season.

Leipzig have some injury/illness problems head of the visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening with seven players on the sidelines with Amadou Haidara (COVID-19 isolation) unlikely to face United after testing positive for COVID-19 on the 20 October and will have to isolate for at least ten days. Lukas Klostermann (knee surgery), Konrad Laimer (ankle fracture), Fabrice Hartmann (knee ligament rupture), Marcel Halstenberg (personal), Nordi Mukiele (hamstring) and Tyler Adams (MCL) are all injury doubts with only Halstenberg likely to be an option providing his personal situation allows him to return to the fold.

Predicted Starting XI: Rashford and Martial to lead the line against Leipzig? Fernandes, Pogba and Van de Beek in midfield with Telles and Tuanzebe returning to the defence?

I am sure that many will be expecting to see a three at the back formation against Leipzig on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford. However, I don’t think that is what will happen. I get the impression that Solskjaer will not set up his side like that at the Theatre of Dreams. In the latter stages of the match against PSG, when Paul Pogba came on, United seemed to revert to a midfield diamond which helped to win them the match. I think that this could be the case against the Bundesliga leaders later this week. It would be good to see the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Pogba and Donny van de Beek playing together in midfield with Fred playing the defensive role.

Match Prediction: Leipzig is an unknown challenge for United this season having never met their German opposition, despite playing clubs from the same country 31 times in European competition.

United and Leipzig have not yet met competitively in Europe but United have played German opposition many times in European competition. The first German team played was Borussia Dortmund in 1956 followed by FK Vorwärts Berlin in 1965 with Dortmund again in 1997 followed by FC Bayern München in 1998 and 1999 in what was a good season for United. The Red Devils have also faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart, VfL Wolfsburg and FC Schalke 04. United have played 31 matches against German clubs, winning 15, drawing eight and losing eight. United have scored 55 goals, conceding 36 against German clubs.

United have faced Bayern München the most when playing against German clubs with eleven matches being played against the club with United winning twice, drawing five times and being defeated four times. One of the wins was in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, a 2-1 victory in Barcelona. The last German team to face United in the competition was Wolfsburg in the group stages of the competition five years ago, winning once and losing once. Leipzig have faced Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, their only English opposition, winning 4-0 on aggregate; 1-0 in London and 3-0 in Leipzig.

Manchester United 2-1 RB Leipzig

Written by John Walker

RB Leipzig – UEFA Champions League 2020/21 – Profile – A new dawn and a new opponent for United

Manchester United returned to the UEFA Champions League this season after finishing third in the Premier League last season. United last appeared in the competition during the 2018/19 season coming up against Young Boys, Valencia and Juventus in the group stages, finishing second to Juventus and coming up against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, losing 2-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg. A 3-1 victory in Paris saw United make the quarter-finals, coming unstuck against Barcelona losing 1-0 at Old Trafford and 3-0 at the Nou Camp. United will be relishing this opportunity to play in the elite European competition once more.

This season, United have been drawn against French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir and German side RB Leipzig, who finished third in the Bundesliga also reaching the semi-final of the Champions League last season, beaten by eventual runners-up, PSG. It is a tough group for United and one that they should be seeking to get the best out of from the very start as they will need to start strong this season in order to ensure they get out of the group and prolong their participation in the competition this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a strong squad although they are licking their wounds at this moment in time.

Team Background and Pedigree

RB Leipzig are the youngest team in this group, founded on the 19 May 2009, just over 11 years ago. In their debut season (2009/10), Leipzig won the NOFV-Oberliga Süd, the fifth tier of German football with 80 points and won promotion to the Regionalliga Nord. The club then played in the fourth tier of German football for three seasons, winning promotion in the 2012/13 season to 3. Liga, the third tier of German football. Leipzig were promoted that season to the 2. Bundesliga, playing two season in the second tier before winning promotion to the Bundesliga, the top tier of German football where they are now into their fourth season in the top flight.

Aside of winning the NOFV-Oberliga Süd (2009/10) and the Regionalliga Nordost (2012/13), Leipzig have also won the Saxony Cup twice (2010/11 and 2012/13). In Europe, the German club has not won any trophies but in their relatively short history, they have achieved something, reaching the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals during the 2017/18 season and last season (2019/20), reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain, the runners-up who they will also face in the group stages of the competition this season. Leipzig have some linked clubs; RB Salzburg, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Brasil and Red Bull Bragantino.

Manchester United Connections

There are no players that used to play for United in the current Leipzig squad but there are players that United have been linked to recently. One of those players is 21-year-old Dayot Upamecano who is contracted to the club until the summer of 2023 but has a release clause that could be triggered next summer in the region of €42 million. So far in his career at Leipzig, the French defender has made a total of 117 appearances, scoring three goals and two assists. Another player linked to United was 21-year-old Ibrahima Konaté, another central defender. He’s contracted until the summer of 2023 and has made 74 appearances, scoring three goals and one assist.

Players To Watch

Dayot Upamecano,21, is vastly becoming one of the best central defenders in Europe and will be highly sought after next summer, with his release clause becoming active. He will be a major player to keep a look out for. Goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi, 30, previously played for Liverpool, despite some loan spells out of the club and was sold to RB Salzburg then to Leipzig. He has been capped 35 times for Hungary and last played earlier in the week against Serbia. Yussuf Poulsen, 26, is another player to keep a lookout for. He has scored two goals for his club this season, along with Emil Forsberg and Amadou Haidara as the top scorers for the season so far.

Where does RB Leipzig play their home matches?

Leipzig play their home matches in the Red Bull Arena which was formerly called the Zentralstadion. In UEFA led competitions, due to sponsorship requirements, their home ground will be called the RB Arena. The stadium was built between 2000 and 2004, opened on the 17 November 2004 and holds a maximum crowd side of 42,959 supporters (50,000 for a concert). The Zentralstadion was opened in 1956 and at that time was the biggest stadium in Europe and able to hold 100,000 supporters. This outside of the stadium remains the same with the RB Arena build inside the old stadium, much like Soldier Field in Chicago.

Who manages RB Leipzig?

Julian Nagelsmann is the current manager of RB Leipzig. Born on the 23 July 1987 and aged just 33, Nagelsmann is one of the youngest manager’s in European football. He started out as a youth player for FC Augsburg, also playing for 1860 Munich at youth level. He made the 1860 Munich II side during the 2006/07 season, playing for FC Augsburg II during the 2007/08 season. After sone injuries, in which he injured his knee and meniscus for the second time, damaging the cartilage, he decided to end his playing career. He joined the 1899 Hoffenheim youth academy as a coach in 2010, becoming the head coach from the 2016/17 season – for three years. From there, he became the Leipzig manager in 2019.

When will the matches against RB Leipzig be played, and where?

United will welcome Leipzig to Old Trafford on Wednesday 28th October 2020 with the match kicking off at 20:00 GMT. It will be the first time that both teams will have met competitively, which will make this encounter interesting. The reverse fixture will be played at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig on Tuesday 8 December 2020 with kick off scheduled for 20:00 GMT. This will be the final fixture in the group for both teams with both hoping that they have done enough already to qualify for the latter rounds of the competition. Leipzig reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and will at least be hoping to get out of the group again.

Written by John Walker

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