PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United – European Adventure Begins

PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United

By Andy Hyslop

  • United looking to build on their 3-1 victory over Liverpool
  • Rooney a doubt after missing the win over Liverpool with hamstring strain
  • Young and Martial will be hoping for starts after impressing as subs against Liverpool

Venue: Philips Stadion                      Date and Kick-Off: Tuesday 15 September 7.45pm

Manchester United start their Champions League group campaign with a trip to Eindhoven, facing Dutch champions and Memphis former side PSV. 

Manchester United will head to the Philips Stadion full of confidence after defeating Liverpool 3-1 yesterday. United sit third in the Premier League table after the defeat of Liverpool and Leicester City’s win over Aston Villa this afternoon ad will be looking to get the Champions league campaign off to a winning start. PSV are the top seeds in the group, having won the Dutch title last year.

Manchester United Team News

Wayne Rooney looks set to be missing again for United, after picking up a slight hamstring strain in training on Friday. We asked about his captain after yesterday’s win, Van Gaal said he probably wouldn’t be risked against PSV but hopeful he would be fit for the weekends visit to Southampton.

In the Rooney’s absence, the big question is; who will Van Gaal play through the middle? Fellaini started there yesterday but was then used in a deeper role when Martial was introduced. After his cameo appearance and sublime first goal for the club, will Martial be given his first start.

Or will Van Gaal to play Memphis through the middle against his former side. Doing this would allow Young to come in on the left after an impressive performance as a second-half sub against Liverpool. Van Gaal may just opt to start with the same eleven, with Young and Martial returning to the bench.


PSV Dangermen

PSV have made an unbeaten start to their league season, having played five games so far, they have won three and drawn two. On Saturday they won 6-0 at Cambuur, with Luuk De Jong scoring a hat-trick. De Jong is their top-scorer this season, having scored five goals. De Jong is a player the Manchester United defence will have to watch closely. He scored 26 goals last season for PSV and may be familiar to some United fans as he had a spell on loan with Newcastle United in 2013/14 season.

Another PSV player United will have to keep a close eye on is Luciano Narsingh, He is an attacking midfielder. Mainly playing on the right side, but he can also play on the left or the centre. Last season he contributed eight goals in 46 appearances for PSV. So far this season he has two goals in five league appearances and has picked up two man of the match awards. He is a Dutch international, earning 14 caps since his debut for the national side 2012.

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