Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven UCL Match Preview

This Wednesday Manchester United will be taking on PSV Eindhoven in Old Trafford on their fifth UCL clash and by the early look of it, it’s not going to be a picnic for the red-devils. Yes, United did a beautiful job securing the much needed three points from Watford away in EPL, but to a red devil’s utter disappointment Ander Herrera and Phil Jones experienced a new injury in the match. Now, this provoked huge curiosity in the United fans group about the updated injury list of the Manchester Reds.

Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven match preview: Team News, Recent Form and Strategy analysis

Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven

Manchester United: EPL and UCL position

The team is having its hardest time of the season probably with a chance of failing to pitch in any striker upfront these days. However, the 1-2 away win against Watford have given a lot of confidence to the core of the team. The team is set on wheels with three wins streak over Moscow, West Brom and Watford. The red devils are positioned in the 2nd place of the EPL table right now, with twenty seven (27) points from thirteen (13) matches, only a point short to Leicester City who eventually is placed at the top of the table right now.

On the other hand the win over Moscow has placed United in the top of the UCL group “B”. Securing seven points from four matches Manchester United is right now, just one win away from securing a “round of 16” slot.

PSV Eindhoven: Eredivisie and UCL position

After facing a little bump in the journey PSV Eindhoven were back on winning terms till their latest away encounter against Willem II, where the Dutch giants were hold to a 2-2 draw. However, the team made a huge return destroying Genemuiden and De Graafschap with 6 goals each. With twenty eight (28) points in hand, PSV is third in the Eredivisie four points short to the league leader Ajax Amsterdam.

In UCL, PSV is right after United with one point short. The team made a comeback against Wolfsburg, and matched the German team in points and surpassed them in goal difference.

Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven Injury Updates

Manchester United right now, is running high on medical bills. Almost eight players in the injury list, has made the task of LVG quiet difficult. The late inclusions of Herrera and Jones in the list have not only made the situation worse but also, have created a huge question mark over the 4-2-3-1 formation of Manchester United. We have witnessed a three men defending United side in the second half of Watford match. However, there are chances that Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial may return but that will not be confirmed till the late fitness test on Wednesday. Rooney had been suffering from fever and Martial had a heavy ankle after the international encounter. However, chances of Rooney’s return went high as the English striker practiced with the team yesterday and looked quiet in touch. Luke Shaw and Valencia remains off the pitch while, young striker Wilson is recovering fast from his knee injury. United’s most trusted pivot, Carrick will also be absent in Wednesdays encounter.

PSV Eindhoven does not have much injury to worry about. The reports on Guardado’s training injury have gone good enough that he will be pitched on Wednesday. De Jong also is totally out of his thigh trouble and both the players will be present at Old Trafford.

Manchester United vs PSV Eindhoven strategy analysis and starting line-up

With Rooney back in squad Manchester United will again line up a 4-2-3-1. Darmian will be returning to his left-back position and with him joining Rojo may sit in bench yet again. The four backs are probably going to be Darmian, Blind, Smalling and Young, with Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin in front of them as double pivot. In upper mid-field we may find Lingard, Rooney and Mata while Depay will gain be used as a forward.

United will be playing the positional football as always. If placed, it will be interesting to explore Depay in forward position. The ex-PSV player has scored in his first chance in last Watford encounter and will surely be looking to keep the momentum going. Inclusion of Darmian in Left flank will provide more through balls for Lingard to keep up the pressure from left.

PSV Eindhoven will be placing a holding 4-3-3 with Lestinne as poacher and Narsingh, Maher in both flanks. Guardado will be the single defensive midfielder while De Jong and Propper will build up attacks from the deep midfield. The team is quiet a threat in aerial attacks with Arias and Brenet crossing in and the forwards turning them to count. The central backs Bruma and Mirin are a bit slow on the ball.

Prediction and Wrap Up

Well, PSV Eindhoven has a horrible away record this season and there is a very less chance of that to change while Manchester United has been doing pretty good in their home ground lately. So we say, Manchester United will have the round of sixteen spot after the match is over. A 2-0 in favour of Devils it is.