Manchester United return to the Group stages of the Champions League against PSV later tonight after a long wait, having spent last season without participating in the competition.
The main talking point of the game is 21 year old Memphis Depay returning to face his old club, a club he played for since childhood, but after signing a contract with Manchester United everything changed for him.
Memphis said: “If I score, I will celebrate. I have respect for PSV but I am a Manchester United player.”
Manchester United will head into the game with confidence after an outstanding second half performance against Liverpool in the Premier League, a game which they ended in a 3-1 victory.
Wayne Rooney will be unavailable for selection as he recovers from a hamstring injury, and while Fellaini didn’t perform as well as Van Gaal wanted up front, Anthony Martial, who scored on his debut against Liverpool could be up for a start against the Dutch team.
Mata and Herrera are expected to be in the starting line up, alongside midfielders Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Shaw, Blind, Smalling and Darmian have so far formed a decent partnership at the back, but Marcos Rojo could be getting his first start ahead of Blind, who was man of the match against Liverpool if LVG wants to give him some minutes on the pitch. While De Gea, having settled back into the team after signing a 4 year contract will be expected to take the number 1 spot.
- In their last four matches, Manchester United have beaten PSV on two occasions and have only lost once.
- The Red Devils have only lost once in their last four trips to the Netherlands.
- PSV hold the Dutch record for most seasons in the Champions League with 14.
- The Dutch club have lost thrice in their last four Champions League home games.
- Out of their last eight attempts to qualify from group stages, Manchester United have progressed seven times
- PSV have not scored more than two goals in their last 30 Champions League games.
- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in five of their last eight Champions League games.