Tuesday 29 September 2015

Match preview: United v Wolfsburg

United manager Louis van Gaal has called Wednesday's Champions League Group B encounter a 'must win' as the Reds welcome Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg to Old Trafford. 

"In the Champions League, you need to win all your matches and we lost against PSV so if we do not win against Wolfsburg it shall be very difficult, it is a match we have to win for ourselves and for the fans" said van Gaal in Tuesday's press conference.

The Dutchman was joined in media duties by Bastian Schweinsteiger 

Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo all missed training and Van Gaal said that his midfield duo are unlikely to feature through "minor injuries"

"I don't think Michael Carrick shall play tomorrow and the others have minor injuries so I don't want to take any risks.
"You shall have to wait and see, I know my selection in advance but I do not tell you because that helps the opponent and I never give my team" explained van Gaal, when asked for his starting XI by a reporter.

LVG was joined in media duties by Bastian Schweinsteiger, praised by his manager as a "great leader" and a "great example to the young players".

"It's a big stadium with wonderful fans and a big honour for me to play for Manchester United, especially in the Champions League
I'm looking forward to the match, I have a lot of friends at Wolfsburg and know a lot of their players well" said Schweinsteiger. 

Wolfsburg sold their star player to United's cross town rivals Manchester City in the summer but re-invested that money on German international winger Julian Draxler, who forms part of a dangerous attack for last term's third placed Bundesliga team.

Former Chelsea man Andre Schurrle and ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner are also likely to feature for Dieter Hecking's side, who beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 at home on Matchday One. 

In contrast to LVG's in-form United, the visitors are without a win in three Bundesliga outings, and were on the end of Robert Lewandowski's stunning five-goals in nine minutes for Bayern last weekend.

Form guide: L W L W W W Wolfsburg D D W W L D
Match odds: United 15/4 Draw 29/10 Wolfsburg 14/20
Referee: V Kassai (Hungary) 

We never need an excuse to put up a picture of these two. 

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