Manchester United’s game against Chelsea didn’t offer much in the way of entertainment but their Champions League game against Leipzig could have much more to offer fans.
Their 0-0 draw against The Blues had many onlookers disappointed – not least Patrice Evra, who told Sky Sports viewers that that Manchester United’s players ‘were playing with a safety jacket on’ – but it’s unlikely many united games will be that restrained through the season.
The match wasn’t helped by the fact Chelsea didn’t bring their best attacking form either, but things should be different with the visit of Leipzig. Julian Nagelsmann has taken the club to the top level of European football and there’s no hangover from their semi-final exit to PSG based on their red-hot start to the current campaign.
They have won all but one of their seven games so far this season and have adapted to the departure of Timo Werner in fantastic style – nine different players have scored the 16 goals claimed by Leipzig this term. Leading the threat is Angelino, who has scored four in his last four including a double that gave them victory against Istanbul Basaksehir on the first Matchday, although United ought to be wary of Christopher Nkunku and Marcel Sabitzer, two players who made a big impact in last season’s Champions League, along with Yussuf Poulsen, Hee-Chan Hwang and Dani Olmo.
Man Utd v RB Leipzig
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
First meeting between sides
United can fight fire with fire going forward (if they choose to do so) with Marcus Rashford sealing victory in PSG with his fourth goal of the season, whilst Bruno Fernandes also has four strikes this season, and whilst Anthony Martial is goalless this season his pace will be important at some point.
How they choose to play this encounter will be a huge factor, but they’ll need to be sharp against a Leipzig side that is equally comfortable both on and off the ball, and there’s the potential for this game to break open here. Over 2.5 goals is fairly priced at 4/6 but a 2-1 victory for either side could offer better value.
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