Man Utd v Valencia Champions League preview and tips

21:00 Tue 02 Oct
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Manchester United enjoyed a winning start to life in the Champions League and it appears that Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba have made up following that 3-0 victory in Bern.

The triumph over Young Boys was achieved after a shaky start and the Red Devils can move a good deal closer to the last sixteen stage by beating a Valencia team who were soundly beaten by Juventus in their first game.

At the time of writing, the Spanish side sit seventeen in La Liga and it looks as though emulating last season’s fourth spot in their domestic league might prove beyond Los Che even at this early juncture.

There wasn’t a single victory in the first five matches of the campaign, with three blanks drawn and they were turned over at home to Juventus despite Cristiano Ronaldo getting a red card after twenty-nine minutes.

Michy Batshuayi, someone who has been regarded as surplus to requirements at Chelsea, is leading the line to no great effect and it’s likely that Valencia will approach this clash in a defensive fashion after a rocky start to life in this group.

Strange as it sounds, Manchester United could be the dark horses of the competition this term, with Pogba looking interested in a red shirt once again.

Romelu Lukaku adds menace against any team, with Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof starting to gel as a central defensive unit and Luke Shaw is having a great season in the left-back position.

We can see United eventually coming away with another maximum haul although it might initially be hard work and no risks will be taken considering that the Red Devils have three points on the board already.

Team News

Man Utd: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Valencia: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    David De Gea
  • 23
    Luke Shaw
  • 12
    Chris Smalling
  • 03
    Eric Bailly Bertrand
  • 25
    Luis Antonio Valencia
  • 06
    Paul Pogba
  • 31
    Nemanja Matic
  • 27
    Marouane Fellaini
  • 07
    Alexis Sanchez
  • 09
    Romelu Lukaku
  • 10
    Marcus Rashford
  • 13
    Neto
  • 21
    Cristiano Piccini
  • 24
    Ezequiel Garay
  • 05
    Gabriel Paulista
  • 14
    Gaya
  • 17
    Francis Coquelin
  • 10
    Daniel Parejo
  • 06
    Geoffrey Kondogbia
  • 07
    Goncalo Guedes
  • 19
    Rodrigo Moreno
  • 23
    Michy Batshuayi