Jose Mourinho’s men will be hoping to turn the tables as his team take on a struggling Valencia side in the Champions League at Old Trafford.
Man United vs Valencia -UEFA Champions League 2018/19
Venue : Old Trafford
Date : Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Kick-off : 8 PM BST
TV channel : BT Sport 2
The signs of Jose Mourinho’s third season syndrome keep appearing after a horrendous last week for the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho was a spectator on the field as he watched his side go down 3-1 to West Ham on Saturday. Earlier in the week Man United lost to Championship side Derby County through penalties after they drew 2-2 at full time.
The Red Devils have won their first group stage match 3-0 against the Young Boys and would be hoping to continue the winning run at the Old Trafford when they take on Valencia.
Valencia on the other hand, are also struggling for form as they lie 14th on the league table. However, a 1-0 win at the weekend against Real Sociedad will give them a boost heading into Old Trafford.
Valencia striker and Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has added a record to his name as he became the first player to score in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La liga and Ligue 1 in the 21st century.
The Red Devils are expected to line up in a 3-5-2 formation with Lukaku and Rashford/Martial/Sanchez leading the line. The wingbacks will play an important role making runs forward and drilling in the crosses.
Valencia are expected to start in a 4-4-2 formation. Valencia have a very compact defense, thus blocking the central route and forcing the opponents out wide. Valencia played good possession based football and are a real threat on counters.
Team News :
Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young are ruled out with injuries.
There remain questions marks on Alexis Sanchez inclusion in the team after he was axed out of the match day squad against West Ham.
Paul Pogba is another name who is in hot water with Jose Mourinho. The pair certainly don’t get along together and it’ll be interesting to see if Jose has any spot for him in the starting 11.
Santi Mina and Ferran Torres are expected to miss out with injuries.
Jose Gaya is back in training after he missed the weekend game with an injury.
Kevin Gamiero who scored the winner on Saturday is expected to lead the line up front alongside Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi.
Head to Head :
Man United and Valencia went face to face eight times previously with United winning 2 matches, Valencia winning one and points shared between them in 5 outings.
Man United record vs Valencia – (W2 D5 L1)
The last meeting between the two sides was in the 2010-11 group stages with United winning 1-0 in Spain and drew 1-1 at Old Trafford.
Match Facts :
Valencia have only won once in 10 visits to English side in the Champions League (W1 D6 L3), their only win came in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in October 2002.
Man United have lost just one out of their last 18 Champions League group stage matches at home (W12 D5), last was a 1-0 defeat to CFR Cluj in December 2012.
Team Form :
The Red Devils are not in their best of form, and are currently placed on 10th in the Premier League table. While in the UCL, they would be looking to maintain their winning form and that could be boost to their team morale heading forward in the season.
Man United last 5 matches (all competitions) – WWDLL
Valencia have also started their season poorly and currently placed on 14th in the La liga. However, a win at Old Trafford could be a big boost to their confidence.
Valencia last 5 matches (all competitions) – DLDDW
Manchester United have failed to win in their last three games in all competitions, leaving boss Jose Mourinho under major pressure. Despite that poor recent record, the Red Devils have won five of their last seven Champions League games on home soil. We are backing Mourinho’s side to record a victory to ease the pressure on their under-fire boss.
One of the biggest factors in United’s recent good form on home soil in the Champions League is their solid defensive record, as the Red Devils have kept four clean sheets in their last six games in Europe’s elite competition at Old Trafford. United have been poor in defence of late, but the visitors have failed to score in their last four games in the Champions League.
Valencia’s recent games have been low scoring, as their last five games in all competitions have produced under 2.5 goals. Los Ches last four away games in the Champions League have seen under 2.5 goals too, although three of those were back in 2015. All those stats add up to us backing a potentially a low scoring game.
England striker Marcus Rashford has been in and out of the United team this season. However, the youngster scored in a substitute appearance in the weekend 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
The United attack has not set the world on fire in recent games. Therefore, Rashford should start up front. The striker buoyed by his strike last time out looks a good bet to find the target at anytime for the Red Devils.
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