Preview: Manchester United Welcome RB Leipzig to the Theatre of Dreams

The widely renowned Theatre of Dreams awaits Julian Nagelsmann and RB Leipzig as England’s most successful football club, Manchester United, face east German opposition for the first time since 1965 on Wednesday.

A late start to the season has resulted in a congested fixture list and both teams head into a second of three consecutive Champions League matchdays with a win in the bag. United started with an impressive 2-1 away triumph against last season’s runners-up, Paris Saint-Germain, while Leipzig secured three points at home to İstanbul Başakşehir as Angeliño bagged a brace in a 2-0 win.

Die Roten Bullen’s result maintained an unbeaten start to 2020/21 that was continued with a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin at the Red Bull Arena. The team will undoubtedly be full of confidence heading to Manchester and boast an impressive away record of 11 matches without defeat (excluding Lisbon) dating back to February and overall have lost only twice in 18 matches since May.

Manchester United, on the other hand, have had an underwhelming start to the campaign and sit uncomfortably in 15th after five matches. The Red Devils only managed to secure their first home point on Saturday against Chelsea in a 0-0 draw after losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace then a 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

The club will be aiming to pick of their first win of the season against Leipzig and maintain an impressive record against German opposition on home soil. United have lost just twice in 17 matches and haven’t been beaten at Old Trafford by a German team since Bayern Munich won 1-0 in 2001.  

The current Bundesliga leaders have a 100% record against English opponents in Europe and are yet to concede after defeating Tottenham 1-0 and 3-0 in the round of 16 last season. Without the support of a 70,000 plus crowd, it could well be advantage RB Leipzig in this game as the team has only conceded three times this season and will be a tough nut to crack for the three-time European champions.

Match Information

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Kick-off: 21:00 (CET) | 15:00 (ET)

Venue: Old Trafford (capacity: 74,140)

Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)

Broadcasting: BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom), DAZN (Germany)

Current Form

Manchester United

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 (A) | Tottenham Hotspur 1-6 (H) | Newcastle United 1-4 (A) | Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 (A) | Chelsea 0-0 (H)

RB Leipzig

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 (A) | Schalke 04 4-0 (H) | Augsburg 0-2 (A) | İstanbul Başakşehir 2-0 (H) | Hertha Berlin 2-1 (H)

Team News

Manchester United

Absent: Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard

RB Leipzig

Injured: Konrad Laimer (knee), Lukas Klostermann (knee), Nordi Mukiele (muscle)

Doubtful: Tyler Adams (knee)

Absent: Amadou Haidara (COVID-19)

Predicted Line-ups

Manchester United

de Gea – Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Telles – McTominay, Pogba – Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford – Cavani. (4-2-3-1)

RB Leipzig

Gulácsi – Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Henrichs, Adams, Kampl, Angeliño – Olmo, Poulsen, Forsberg. (3-4-3)

Pre-Match Quotes

Manchester United

“To get to 10 points as quickly as possible is our aim, and we’re focusing on the three points tomorrow night.”

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, on his targets in Group H.

RB Leipzig

“Manchester United have not exactly started the season well, but they are on the right track. You can never be sure how they’re going to play. They defended deep against Chelsea, but they pressed high up the pitch against PSG. I think it will be a mixture of both tomorrow. The team has a lot of quality and is very aggressive. We need to be tight at the back.”

Julian Nagelsmann on Manchester United. [RB Leipzig]

Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 RB Leipzig

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