Amidst the helter-skelter of the Premier League season, Man Utd have the small matter of a Champions League match on Wednesday. The Red Devils take on Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox which is a rather intimidating place to go to.
Man Utd, who currently lead Group C with 10 points, only need one more point to progress to the knock-out stages. We have barely set the Champions League group phase alight this season, being the lowest scoring table-topping team so far with only 5 goals. We are still unbeaten though and have the best defence in the group phase this season with zero goals conceded. Despite starting with a not-so-impressive nil-nil draw at home to Rangers, we got back on track with a great win in Valencia and 2 wins against Bursaspor. But, nothing should be taken for granted for our next match as the Scottish champions are likely to show more adventure than they did at Old Trafford where they basically parked the bus for 90 minutes, as they will almost certainly be out if they do not win.
We should see Wayne Rooney restored to the starting line-up, alongside Berbatov most probably. This would complete his comeback and hopefully he will rejuvenate the team who have been lacking in inspiration for a while. Furthermore, I hope the boos we heard at Old Trafford on Saturday will not be repeated going forward. Give him the silent treatment if you want, he certainly deserves it, but booing your own player is ridiculous. It achieves nothing constructive. In defence, Fergie is planning to rest Vidic and Rio and it will certainly be a huge test for Smalling and Evans, as they are set to start the match. Fletcher is also out as the manager tries to rotate the squad ahead of our Premier League game against Blackburn 3 days later. There is also a chance Giggs might return to the team after having been out for a month.
Fergie will be wishing to secure our passage into the knockout phase this week itself so that we can concentrate on the PL which is clearly our priority this year. Some of the younger players could also then gain more experience on the European stage for the last group game against Valencia at home where another point should be enough for us to win the group.
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, the game should be more open as Rangers are at home and need points. Virtually any starting XI we put out would be stronger than Rangers, so in an open game it’s our advantage.
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