Manchester United have jetted off to Spain to play their final Champions League group game of the season, and — fortunately — there’s almost nada at stake. José Mourinho’s men guaranteed a knockout stage spot with a last-gasp win over Young Boys last time out, though need the Swiss champions to beat Juventus this evening if they’re to stand any chance of progressing as group winners.
With Valencia locked in third place, we could see both sides taking the option to rest a few of their first-teamers. For United, that could mean we see the likes of Paul Pogba, Fred and Sergio Romero handed starts. With a big Premier League game against Liverpool on the horizon, it’d be understandable if Mourinho wanted to avoid risking injuries to his form players.
United will be without Victor Lindelöf and Alexis Sánchez, who are both injured; Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling all face late fitness tests. Valencia will have to do without the suspended José Gayá; Cristiano Piccini, Gabriel Paulista, Kévin Gameiro and Jeison Murillo are all doubts.
Champions League schedule
We kick off at 20:00 in the UK, which is 15:00 on the east coast of the USA, and a civilised 12:00 over on the west.
Champions League TV channel
BT Sport 3 for those in the UK; TNT or UniMás for those Stateside. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
Champions League streaming
BT Sport’s streaming service in the UK; B/R Live or Univision Deportes En Vivo for those Stateside.
Prediction: Sergio Romero; Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian; Fred, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba; Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford.
Update: 9 out of 11 ain’t bad, JS. A start against his old side for Pereira, and Rojo lines up at left-back with Jones in the middle next to Bailly.
Here's the #MUFC side for tonight's #UCL outing... pic.twitter.com/kLTZQjQWVj— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 12, 2018
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