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Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney will be key players for Manchester UnitedReuters

Manchester United have found some form in the English Premier League in recent matches, which has helped them climb to the top of the table, and Louis Van Gaal will now want to take that good form into the Champions League, when they host Wolfsburg in a crucial Group B encounter at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

With the forwards clicking, the defence looking solid and the midfield running the show, it all seems to be coming together for Manchester United, but all that will be for nought, if they don't turn their fortunes around in the Champions League.

Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven on matchday one, and, therefore, a home win over Wolfsburg is a must on Wednesday.

"In the Champions League you have to win your home games, otherwise it will be very difficult to progress," Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal said. "It is not impossible, but winning the home games is the key.

"We have made a big progress as a team, we've become more mature. We've definitely improved compared to last year, but we still need to even more and I can assure you we are improving. I see it every week.

"Reaching the final is the aim, while to win a final you need some luck. It is not only the quality, it's also luck. For me as a manager if you have reached the final, you have done fantastically. If you're able to win it, it's incredible."

Wolfsburg have run into a bit of a wall of late in the Bundesliga, going down 5-1 to Bayern Munich, thanks to that incredible nine-minute five-goal effort from Robert Lewandowski, while they could only manage a 1-1 draw at the weekend.

The German side, though, did pick up all three points in their opening Champions League match, with Julian Draxler scoring the only goal of the game against CSKA Moscow, and manager Dieter Hecking will know, another win will put them in the driver's seat in this group.

"A win would not be bad but the most important thing is to play well," an understated Hecking said. "Every Champions League game is a challenge. But we're in a good position after the first win against CSKA Moscow and we're looking to build on that.

"To play at Old Trafford will be a great experience but we need to concentrate on our performance to hope for a positive result. We have come here to play football. I just hope my players will prove Wolfsburg are a very good team."

Team news: Manchester United: Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick are ruled out, while Van Gaal said he is will try not to risk Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera, who are recovering from knocks, even if Valencia might be needed owing to the paucity of fullback options.

Wolfsburg: Robin Knoche, Felipe and Vieirinha have not travelled to Manchester and Luiz Gustavo could also miss out with a knee injury.

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin; Mata, Rooney, Depay; Martial.

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

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Manchester United vs Wolfsburg is scheduled for a 7.45 pm local time (12.15 am IST, 8.45 pm CET, 2.45 pm ET) start. Ten Action will show the match live in India, while the live streaming option is on Ten Sports Live.

Viewers in the UK can watch Manchester United vs Wolfsburg live on BT Sport, while the Champions League match can also be live streamed on Watch BT Sport or by downloading the BT Sport App.

Watch the game in the US on Fox Sports, while the live stream option is on FoxSoccer2Go.

The Champions League Group B match will be shown live in Middle East, North Africa, Australia and France on Bein Sports, while the online live streaming option is on Bein Sports Connect.

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