Louis van Gaal will not be jubilant with how his players have performed recently. But the fact that the Red Devils have been able to snatch results from these game will make the manager happy and will instill confidence in the whole team. This weekend, they played against Watford and needed a late goal to seal all three points in a game where they were not at their fluid best. They will have to start playing as a team if they want to stay in contention in all competitions.
PSV Eindhoven will be hoping that they can repeat their performance from the first leg of the game when United were beaten 2-1. Philip Cocu’s side are having a decent run in the domestic league and have been beaten only once in their last 13 games. Just one point behind United, PSV have a chance to climb to the top of the table with an upset against the English giants.
The Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven match will be played on Wednesday the 25th of November at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. The kickoff is scheduled at 20:45 GMT (1:15 am on Thursday IST).
The biggest news from the Old Trafford is that Wayne Rooney who missed the weekend game against Watford is back in contention for a spot against PSV. But Van Gaal will miss the services of Martial, Fellaini, Valencia and Carrick who are yet to return from injury. The weekend game saw Ander Herrera and Phil Jones suffer injuries which means Daley Blind will partner Smalling at the back for United.
The visitors have some injury troubles of their own as Menno Koch is still ruled out after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, while Jetro Willems and Maxime Lestienne are also expected to miss this week’s game. Luuk de Jong, Jurgen Locadia and Narsingh are likely to form an attacking trio for PSV.
Here is Manchester United predicted line-up against PSV:
Louis van Gaal will stick to his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation and here are the players who are likely to start.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
The Spaniard is a player who cannot be dropped.
Right-back: Matteo Darmian
The Italian has been brilliant for the Red Devils this season.
Right centre back: Chris Smalling
Smalling is one of the best centre-backs in the world this season.
Left centre back: Daley Blind
Blind is likely to partner Smalling in the heart of the defence.
Left-back: Ashley Young
Young has been brilliant at both full-back positions.
Central midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin
The duo are likely to keep their places.
Right winger: Jesse Lingard
The youngster has been brilliant since breaking into the first team.
Attacking midfielder: Juan Mata
Mata is the heart of everything positive for United this season.
Left winger: Memphis Depay
Scored in the last game and will retain his place against his former club
Striker: Wayne Rooney
Rooney’s return is a massive boost for the Dutch gaffer.