By Andy Hyslop
- A win for United would see them qualify for the last sixteen
- Rooney and Martial returned to training after missing win over Watford
Manchester United face PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday, knowing a win would see them secure their place in the last sixteen of the Champions League with a game to spare.
Since United suffered defeat to PSV in opening game of the group stages, they have won two games and secured a draw away against CSKA Moscow. The two wins have come in the previous two home games against Moscow and Wolfsburg.
United currently sit on top of Group B on seven points. one point ahead of both PSV and Wolfsburg. A win against PSV would ensure that United finish in the top two of the group, whatever the result in their final game against Wolfsburg.
United are unbeaten since the 3-0 to Arsenal at the beginning of October. They have won their last three games in all competitions with victories over CSKA Moscow, West Brom and Watford.
Going into this game, United have several injury concerns. Rooney, Martial and Fellaini all returned to training today after missing Saturday’s win over Watford. Whilst Jones, Herrera, Carrick and Schweinsteiger all sat out training along with long-term absentees Shaw and Valencia.
Lowdown On PSV
PSV are one of the three dominant teams in Dutch football along with Ajax and Feyenoord. PSV won their first Dutch title since 2008 last season. With the help of United attacker Memphis, who isn’t the first player to move between the two clubs; following in the footsteps of Jaap Stam and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
They currently sit third in the Eredivisie table, a point behind Feyenoord and four points behind Ajax after thirteen games. There last defeat came in the Champions League last time out when they suffered a 2-0 away to Wolfsburg.
The two coaches are no strangers to each other. Phillip Cocu was managed by Van Gaal during his two spells in charge of Barcelona and also with the Dutch national team. Cocu acknowledges that his countryman made him a better player during their days together in Spain.
The dangerman for United to watch will be Dutch striker Luke De Jong, he scored 20 goals in 32 appearances for PSV last season and has 11 goals in his 12 games this season. United fans may remember De Jong from the short spell he had with Newcastle.
De Jong arrived in England for a short loan spell in January 2014, he failed to score in his twelve appearances for the North-East side.