A couple of weeks ago, this match — falling, as it does, between Arsenal away and Manchester City at home — might have been one for the kids and the stiffs. But a loss to Basel a fortnight ago has kept the fixture alive. Just about. United don’t have to win. But if they lose by four goals, they’ll end up in second place. And if they lose by seven, assuming our maths is correct, then they’ll be out.
With this in mind, United have still made a few changes. David de Gea gets a rest after his heroics in north London, and Luke Shaw — remember him! — may get a start at left-back. It’d be nice Henrikh Mkhitaryan back in the fold as well. There’s definitely a brilliant player in there somewhere.
Champions League schedule
It’s a 19.45 kickoff in the UK, which translates to 14.45 on the east coast of the USA and 11.45 over on the west coast. Brunch time football. How terribly civilised.
Champions League TV channel
United are on BT Sport 2 in the UK and Fox Sports 2 in the USA.
Champions League streaming
BT Sport’s live streaming service for those in the UK; Fox Sports Go in the USA.
Prediction: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Not quite as we guessed.
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