Manchester United will need to win away at Wolfsburg in two weeks if they’re to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they delivered arguably their worst performance of the season against PSV Eindhoven.
Knowing that a win would take them through to the next round, United started brightly before fading away and failing to create a single chance in the last 20 minutes.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Wednesday night.
PSV Eindhoven will unveil a banner in support of Luke Shaw when they face United at Old Trafford this evening.
The England international suffered a season-ending injury when the two side met in the first game of the Champions League group stage earlier this year, as an horrendous challenge from Alberto Moreno left Shaw with a broken leg.
David De Gea has backed Memphis Depay to haunt his former club on Wednesday night when PSV Eindhoven travel to Old Trafford in the Champions League.
On Saturday, the Dutchman was handed a first start since United suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates in October and he seized his chance beautifully, scoring United’s first goal in their 2-1 win at Watford and looking a more confident player than he had done at any stage over the last two months.
Juan Mata is confident Manchester United can take an important step forward in what promises to be a very delicate week for Louis Van Gaal’s side.
On Wednesday, United welcome PSV knowing that a win would secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League, before travelling to top of the table Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United’s last-gasp win against Watford on Saturday sent out a strong message to their rivals, as Louis Van Gaal’s side looks to be developing the winning mentality it needs.
United were top of the table for a few hours after Troy Deeney’s own goal ensured the Reds picked up maximum points at Vicarage Road and will travel to Leicester next week for what is one of the unlikeliest top of the table matches in recent memory.
Louis Van Gaal has heaped praise on Memphis Depay after the Dutchman scored his first goal in two months as United beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday.
With Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney out through injury and illness respectively, Van Gaal deployed Memphis as a striker, a decision that was immediately rewarded after the former PSV man put United ahead within 10 minutes.
Manchester United leapfrogged Arsenal and Manchester City into second place on Saturday after a late own goal earned Louis Van Gaal’s side three points at Watford.
Despite not having a single striker available, United went ahead early through a Memphis Depay goal and controlled the game for over an hour before allowing the hosts back into the game until a Troy Deeney’s penalty looked to have rescued a draw for Watford.
Luckily for United, the Watford captain also found the net at the other end of the pitch. Here’s five talking points from yesterday.
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There is very little that compares to such a war of attrition, surviving the International break may be the only thing. In a world of such atrocities that can devastate a man to his core it is so wonderful to have the constants. Death, taxes and the Premier League.