The good news is that Manchester United have yet another chance to get their season on track, as the games are now coming thick and fast, with Valencia up next in the Champions League. The bad news is that it’s the José Mourinho Year 3 version of United, which means only more misery. Even if United do manage to win, it will more than likely be another false dawn that will only draw out the inevitable divorce between Mourinho and United.
Still, there is football to be played, whether we like it or not. Valencia have themselves had a poor start to their season, with only one win in their first six matches. In the first set of matches, the La Liga side lost at home to group favorites Juventus, while United — back when there was still some hope — easily defeated Young Boys in Switzerland. Given that Juventus will be expected to top the group, it will likely be the two sides in action at Old Trafford today battling for the second qualifying spot.
Champions League schedule
We kick off at the new Champions League start time of 20:00 in the UK, which is 15:00 on the east coast of the USA, and 12:00 over on the west.
Champions League TV channel
Those in the UK can catch the action on BT Sport 2. Stateside, tune into TNT. Everyone else, check out LiveSoccerTV.
Champions League streaming
BT Sport’s live streaming service in the UK; and B/R Live and Univision Deportes En Vivo in the USA.
Given that Mourinho has either fallen out with or publicly criticized most of the squad at this point (Just since last week: Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Juan Mata, Alexis Sánchez, and Marcus Rashford), predicting a line-up is nearly impossible. The only thing we can say with certainty is that Mourinho will opt for something sarcastic.
Prediction: David de Gea; Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelöf, Luke Shaw; Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matić, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku.
Team: Seven out of 11. We’ll take that.
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