Old Trafford will see its first Champions League game after a gap of a year, Manchester United will face the uber-impressive RasenBallsport Leipzig to start off their Champions League journey at home. The Red Devils enjoyed a successful campaign away from the Champions League as they reached the semi-final of Europa League where they were beaten by the Europa League specialists, a.k.a., Sevilla. United’s start to the season has been topsy-turvy and their home form is particularly worrying, they were comprehensively beaten by Crystal Palace in the first game in the Premier League and followed that up with a morale-destroying 6-1 defeat to Spurs. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to emulate the impressive performance that his side put up last week against the mighty PSG side. On the other side, RB Leipzig have started on a high, they sit at the top of the Bundesliga table ahead of Bayern Munich and are undefeated at the moment. The genius of Julian Nagelsmann has meant that the Leipzig side is working like a well-oiled machine even after the departure of their star man Timo Werner. An unexpected man has risen up to the occasion, left wing-back Angelino has been in red hot form, scoring four goals in just six games in the German League.
It would be surprising if Ole doesn’t try to play the same formation as he did against PSG in their inaugural Champions League game, a 5-3-2 seems to pay dividends providing additional stability at the back, a screen of a double pivot in McTominay and Fred and then the front three trying to attack the spaces in behind the defence. Nagelsmann also favors a three at the back so the front duo of Martial and Rashford could try to pull the defenders and create space in the centre for Bruno to exploit.
The master tactician that Nigelsmann is, it is his whole system that plays to perfection against any given side but a key player for Leipzig might very well be the player that United pursued the whole summer, Dayot Upamecano. The impressive centre-back has the potential to nullify any threat from United’s attacking trio and provide the platform for his side to grab a winner at the other end.
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