Manchester United will face PSV Eindhoven in the reverse fixture of the UEFA Champions League at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday.
United will qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League if they register a win against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Currently, United are at the zenith of Group B but things might change if PSV manages to edge past the Red Devils at the Old Trafford. Phillip Cocu and his boys will reach the top of the points table of Group B in that case.
United have a number of injury concerns to deal with ahead of their clash against PSV Eindhoven. Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are injured and will not be featuring in this Champions League fixture for sure. Anthony Martial is also doubtful for this match against the Dutch side.
Things are not going to be cream and cheese for the Red Devils even if they have the home advantage. They should keep this thing in mind that they were defeated by PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in the first leg and the visitors will be eyeing that top spot in Group B points table.
"If we beat PSV, then we will have qualified. It is very important to win, but it is not easy because every game you have to play you cannot say we will beat them. PSV also beat Wolfsburg and I think that they are a very good team. They also beat Manchester United, of course," United gaffer Louis Van Gaal told the reporters at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
United are coming into this match after a thrilling victory over Watford (2-1) in the last weekend at Vicarage Road. They conceded a goal after 641 minutes, meaning that defensively Louis Van Gaal and his boys have been really solid. It will indeed be hard for PSV Eindhoven to break through the defensive wall lead by Chris Smalling who has been in outstanding form in this ongoing season.
Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven should be aware of the fact that United have remained unbeaten in their last eight European fixture since March 2013 at the Old Trafford. With 75,000 football loving people at the stadium, PSV Eindhoven will have a tough time.
PSV Eindhoven have been in decent form in the Eredivisie as they have lost only one league game in the last 13 fixtures. They also have thumped 14 goals in the last four matches and that shows that their forwards are in good form.
"It is deteriorating further. After we went 1-0 ahead we had to make more things happen. It is really important that we now go and look at this problem," Cocu told the reporters on Tuesday.
Manchester United: De Gea; Rojo, Blind, Smalling, Darmian; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin; Depay, Lingard, Mata; Rooney.
PSV Eindhoven: Zoet; Arias, Moreno, Bruma, Brenet; Propper, Hendrix, Guardado; Narsingh, De Jong, Locadia.
Where to watch live:
Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven is set to begin at 7.45 pm local time (1.15 am IST, 7.45 pm GMT, 3.45 pm ET). Ten Action will broadcast the UEFA Champions League match live in India, while the action can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.
The audience in Australia and Arabian countries can watch Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven on Bein Sports, while the online live streaming option is on Bein Sports Connect.
Watch Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven live on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN 3 in the US, while the live stream option is on Watch ESPN and FoxSoccer2Go. While folks in Canada can watch the game live on TSN 1.
Fans in Africa can watch Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven on Super Sport Africa channels.
People in Malaysia can watch the Champions League game live on Astro Supersport 3, while fans in Singapore can switch to 111 Mio Sports 1 and Super Sport CH 202.