Erik ten Hag’s men remain without a single point in the section after two matches, while their visitors sit one point and one place better off than their more esteemed hosts.
Now winless in five successive matches at the top level of European football - falling to defeat in each of their last three such contests - Man United are still flattering to deceive on the domestic front too, despite emerging victorious from recent battles with Brentford and Sheffield United.
No other fourth-placed team in the 2023-24 Champions League has managed as many as Man United’s five goals across the opening two matchdays, but with defensive vulnerabilities rearing their ugly heads, the Red Devils’ return to the big time has been a torrid affair thus far.
As Dries Mertens latched onto a poor pass from Andre Onana, Casemiro had little choice but to bring the Belgian down inside the box and was sent for an early bath for his troubles, ruling the Brazilian out of the visit of Copenhagen through suspension.
Casemiro sat out the win over Sheffield United due to a blow to the ankle anyway, and he is joined on the absentee list by Amad Diallo (knee), Lisandro Martinez (foot), Jadon Sancho (disciplinary), Kobbie Mainoo (ankle), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (muscle), Tyrell Malacia (knee), and Luke Shaw (muscle), but there is optimism that Sergio Reguilon will recover from his hamstring niggle.
Harry Maguire more than justified his inclusion in the first XI against Sheffield United and can feel hopeful of retaining his spot in the backline here, but it would be a surprise not to see Raphael Varane return in place of Jonny Evans.
While Casemiro has incurred a suspension, Copenhagen will welcome defender Elias Jelert back from a continental ban served in the loss to Bayern, but Lerager and Birger Meling are now one caution away from sitting out a game themselves.
Champions League schedule
It’s a 8:00 PM kickoff in the UK, which means 3:00 PM on the east coast of the U.S.
Champions League channel
Those in the UK will need TNT Sports 2 or Discovery+ to watch the match. Those Stateside can watch on Paramount+ streaming services. Everyone else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
Champions League streaming
Paramount+ if you’re in the US, Univision NOW for Spanish language coverage. If you’re in Canada, you can stream the game through DAZN.
Manchester United possible starting lineup: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Eriksen, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund