Match Preview – Man Utd v Wolfsburg


After a disappointing opening to the return of the Champions League, Manchester United will be looking to earn their first win in the group stages.

It is German outfit, Wolfsburg who come to Old Trafford under the lights where many memories have been created at the Theatre of Dreams. The objective from Van Gaal will be to win the home games as the home advantage is vital to European football especially with tricky away games. Just like the game against PSV, United were in delayed shock and suffered a defeat. However, the game was overshadowed by the unfortunate injury to Luke Shaw.

United will want to pick up the points early to reach the knock out stages although, this is going to be the second game and still time to get as many points as possible. Already chasing PSV and Wolfsburg who has three points each, it can only mean results will soon come. Given the previous game outcome, it was a night to forget up until the injury.

Wolfsburg have experienced players in Naldo and Dante at the back who are very solid and make it difficult to breakdown. Then they have a key playmaker in Draxler who has plenty of talent to create chances and run forward in attack. Having finishers up front like Dost, who has been linked with English clubs in transfer windows, he will be a threat for Blind and Smalling to defend against. Even though, United deserved more than the result against PSV, the performance was showing signs of improvement. It certainly can be seen in the league but it is the time to put those performances in the Champions League.

The Red Devil’s will be without Carrick who missed the training session. Herrera and Valencia are doubts for the game with minor injuries. It looks Marcos Rojo will also sit out the game. Youngsters Harrop, Love and Weir have been added to the squad in the training session. Wolfsburg will be without Vierinha, Felipe and Knoche. Midfielder Gustavo is a doubt.

The weekend win 3-0 win against Sunderland captured the style of play United have improved on during the last few weeks. Rooney got on the score sheet, Memphis scored his first league goal and a fine finish from Mata. One thing to note is how Martial has continued to adapt to the game and play on his own as well as move out wide which he is rightly getting the praise for. He has the pace and power to get past players. It can be added that the squad will be high on confidence to be sitting at the top of league table since Sir Alex Ferguson won the title. Phil Jones had returned to action and he will want to get more minutes under his belt.

Possible starting XI:

Man Utd; De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Rooney, Memphis, Martial.

Wolfsburg; Benaglio, Trasch, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez, Guilavogui, Arnold, Caligiuri, Draxler, Kruse, Dost.

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