Bastian Schweinsteiger and Louis Van Gaal believe Manchester United can win the Champions League this season, despite getting their European campaign off to the wrong start by losing 2-1 against PSV Eindhoven.
The United manager, who guided Ajax to back-to-back finals in 1995 and 1996 – losing the latter – and steered Bayern Munich to the final against Inter Milan in 2010, said his aim was to take United to the final act of the competition this season.
PSV  vs  Manchester United
Philips Stadion – 15 September 2015
Manchester United looked sharp in their play-off ties against Club Brugge. After beating Liverpool 3-1 over the weekend, United hoped they would carry some momentum into matchday 1 against the reigning champions of the Netherlands, who lost 2 key players in Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer. While United have struggled creating chances this season, this was not a problem here. Instead, they were sloppy converting their chances and made a couple costly mistakes that PSV were able to finish. Continue reading
Hector Moreno has apologised to Luke Shaw for the tackle that saw the Manchester United left-back suffer a double-leg fracture, but insisted he did not mean any harm.
Shaw was stretchered off while receiving oxygen after 15 minutes, as a reckless challenge from the PSV defender snapped his right leg. After the game, Louis Van Gaal said the challenge should have been punish with a red card, but Moreno insisted the challenger was a fair one.
Manchester United’s return to the Champions League did not turn out to be the night to remember they had hoped for, as they relinquished a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against PSV Eindhoven, while Luke Shaw suffered an horrendous injury.
After a season-long absence from European football’s elite competition, United took the lead in the first half and were in control for large spells of the game but only have themselves to blame for returning from Holland empty handed.
Here’s five talking points from Tuesday night.
Manchester United have confirmed that Luke Shaw has suffered a double fracture of his right leg, following an horrendous injury against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.
The United left-back went to ground after a strong challenge from PSV’s Hector Moreno after what immediately looked to be a serious injury and had to be carried off the pitch while receiving oxygen.
Memphis Depay has said facing his former club in the Champions League tonight will be “special” but has vowed to celebrate should he score against PSV Eindhoven.
The Dutchman joined PSV Eindhoven when he was 12-year-old before moving to Old Trafford this summer after winning the Dutch Eredivisie in his final season at the club, PSV’s first league title since 2008.
Ashley Young has said he’s willing to replace the injured Wayne Rooney and play as a striker, should he be asked to do so by Louis Van Gaal.
United face PSV Eindhoven in Holland on Tuesday, as they return to the Champions League after a season-long absence but they will be without their injured captain for the second consecutive game.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted he does not know whether Manchester United will be good enough to progress past the Champions League group stage.
United return to European football’s elite competition for the first time after a season-long hiatus but while they look a stronger side than they did under David Moyes, Van Gaal, who won the tournament with Ajax in 1995 and reached the final with Bayern in 2010, said his side were untested at this level.