Manchester United vs Valencia: Champions League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more
Will Jose Mourinho's Man United crisis continue when Valencia visit Old Trafford?
Jose Mourinho will be hoping to ease the pressure on his head by securing a vital Champions League win against Valencia.
The La Liga side visit Old Trafford on Tuesday evening knowing they and the Red Devils are likely to be fighting it out to finish second in their group to Juventus and qualify for the knockout rounds of Europe’s premier competition.
Both teams head into the fixture after shocking starts to the season, with United winning just three of their seven league matches to date, and Valencia only picking up their first La Liga win of the campaign on Saturday.
Despite the struggles of both teams, the real pressure is on United and Mourinho, their manager, with reports suggesting he could be sacked on the back of another poor result.
What the managers are saying
Jose Mourinho (Man United): “A Champions League week is always a good week, even if you expect a difficult match, a difficult opponent. It’s a big week. Everyone wants to play Champions League, not everyone can do it. So we are here and we have the chance to play a big match. So, big match, big week.”
Marcelino (Valencia): “We’ll win if we play well. Whether it’s the best or the worst moment to play them, who knows?
“There’s no way that the previous game you’ve played can have anything to do with this game coming up.”
Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young did not train on Monday suggesting they will miss Tuesday’s clash. Marcos Rojo is also out injured. Valencia have an almost full strength squad to choose from, with Santi Mina the only absentee. Geoffrey Kondogbia is available for selection after missing Valencia’s Champions League opener against Juventus
Man United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Fellaini, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez
Valencia: Neto; Vezo, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gaya; Guedes, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev; Rodrigo, Batshuayi
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