Manchester United are out of the Champions League after a rollercoaster night in Germany, saw them losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.
United made the best possible start and were 1-0 up within 10 minutes, only to fall behind halfway through the first half. Despite a catalogue of injuries, United were briefly handed a lifeline by CSKA Moscow, who took the lead in Eindhoven, before letting PSV back in the game. United then drew level themselves but concede immediately afterward and PSV clinched the winner only seconds later to send Louis Van Gaal’s men packing.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Tuesday night.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has claimed Manchester United will not feel the pressure tonight when they face Wolfsburg in a do-or-die Champions League tie.
United traveled to Germany knowing they’ll have to beat the Bundesliga side to qualify or else they will have to rely on CSKA Moscow securing at least a point in Eindhoven against PSV. However, Schweinsteiger claimed Louis Van Gaal’s side were not under any pressure and know what’s required of them tonight.
Carlo Ancelotti has admitted “every manager” in the world would be interest in managing Manchester United, adding he is likely to return to management in the summer.
The former Chelsea manager has been without a job since he was sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, despite leading the Spanish giants to a 10th European Cup in the 2013-14 campaign, and has been among the managers linked with a move to United once the Louis Van Gaal era comes to an end.
Louis Van Gaal has said tonight’s game against Wolfsburg is the biggest game he’s faced since taking charge of Manchester United 18 months ago.
Unless CSKA Moscow can hold PSV Eindhoven to a draw in Holland, United know they will have to win away at Wolfsburg if they’re to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the competition. The Russian side can not qualify for the round of 16, although beating PSV would clinch a Europa League spot for them.
After 15 matches, Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and are within touching distance of current leaders Leicester City. Louis van Gaal’s side have endured plenty of criticism for their style of play this season but continue to pick up positive results and are seen as a value option for the title.
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Manchester United have confirmed Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney will miss the Champions League game against Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.
Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera have also not traveled with the team, which sees the surprise inclusion of Nick Powell just over a week since he made his first appearance of the season for the reserves after a lengthy spell on the sideline.
Louis Van Gaal admitted he was baffled by the fans’ reaction during United’s 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday.
United have been heavily criticised for their style of football this season but against Slaven Bilic’s side they created numerous chances and had 21 shots, although they simply could not put the ball in the back of the net.
Daley Blind believes Manchester United deserved all three points against West Ham and admitted his teammates were frustrated with another goalless draw.
On Saturday, United spurned the chance to overtake City by drawing 0-0 at home against Slaven Bilic’s side, with Louis Van Gaal’s brand of football coming under even more intense scrutiny as United continued to struggle in front of goal.