RB Leipzig 2-0 Man Utd LIVE: United staring at Champions League group stage exit

RB Leipzig 2-0 Man Utd LIVE: United staring at Champions League group stage exit

RB Leipzig vs Man United LIVE

– United need a point to secure last 16 spot, Leipzig need to win

– Angelino makes it 1-0 Leipzig inside two minutes

– Amadou Haidara doubles hosts’ lead after just 12 minutes

RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi, Angelino, Orban, Konate, Sabitzer, Haidara, Forsberg, Nkunku, Mukiele, Olmo, Kampl

RB Leipzig bench: Tschaliner, Martinez, Pulsen, Adams, Sorloth, Kluivert, Halstenberg, Martel, Wosz

Man United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Alex Telles, McTominay, Matic, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford

Man Utd bench: Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Tuanzebe, Lingard, James, Van de Beek, Pogba, Mata, Ighalo

MATCH PREVIEW

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing tonight’s clash as the Red Devils look to secure a place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League and avoid the ignominy of a drop into the Europa League instead.

The Norwegian said: “It’s a test of character, a test of how far we’ve come. Football is all about performing when it matters and it’s one of those tests.

“We’ve got to the last game. We’ve done really well to get there and, of course, we need a point. We want to go there and put our authority on the game and hopefully win.”

Asked if United needing a point will play on the mind of the players, Solskjaer admitted: “It’s in your mind, of course it is.

“We know we don’t have to take silly risks. You just have to make good decisions.

“The mindset has to be to go out there and try to win the game, in a way that is sensible. That’s what we’ll do.”

The Premier League giants beat Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford at the end of October with Marcus Rashford scoring a hat-trick.

Solskjaer added of Leipzig: “They’ve got good players, a good team and the way they’ve risen up the ranks has been impressive.

“Tomorrow night is all about Man United and how we perform. When we are at our best, I think any side will struggle against us.”

While the Bundesliga club’s manager Julian Nagelsmann, after witnessing his side hold Bayern Munich to a 3-3 draw at the weekend: “We have tried to learn our lessons from the 5-0 defeat in Manchester. 

“The final scoreline was a bit high, we didn’t play that bad. Overall, we had too few chances in their box and weren’t aggressive enough in the final third.

“We were almost too scared to attack. We need to play differently on Tuesday night – we have to find more ways of attacking and try to get behind their defence.

“We are prepared for Manchester United stepping up a gear. They’ve shown on a number of occasions so far this season that they can come from behind. They are dangerous right up until the final whistle. The game is only over when the referee blows for full time.

“We won’t look back on the past meeting. The group is complicated for both teams. We need to win to get through. The heavy defeat in Manchester hasn’t made it any easier for us.

“They have been top of the table throughout the group, but their defeat to PSG has changed things for them. We want to win at all costs and reach the knockouts!”

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Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:03:00 +0000