Champions League Preview: Manchester United vs VfL Wolfsburg

LAST MEETING

December 8, 2009 (Champions League Group Stage): Wolfsburg 1-3 Manchester United

KEY STATS

  • No German team has kept a clean sheet in their last 16 Champions League games against Manchester United. The last side to do so were Bayern Munich in March 2002 (0-0 at Old Trafford)
  • Wolfsburg have only failed to score once in seven Champions League group games
  • The Red Devils have won 10 0f their last 14 Champions League games against German opposition (D1 L3)
  • Wolfsburg’s record in the Champions League group stages is perfectly balanced: three wins, three defeats and one draw
  • Anthony Martial is yet to score in the Champions League (505 minutes)

TEAM NEWS

Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo will miss this clash through injury while Michael Carrick, Ander Hererra and Antonio Valencia were absent from training, most likely also due to injury. For Wolfsburg, Vieirinha will definitely miss out and so will Robin Knoche. Luiz Gustavo could also miss out with a knee problem.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED XI: De Gea; Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Darmian; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Rooney, Young; Martial

WOLFSBURG XI: Bengalio; Träsch, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Arnold; Caligiuri, Kruse, Draxler; Dost

PREDICTION: Manchester United WIN

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