David Moyes takes charge of his first ever Champions League group stage match on Tuesday, with Bayer Leverkusen, who finished third in Germany last season, providing the opposition.
All eyes will be how Moyes’ United will approach European football in relation to the Premier League, and all the pressure will be on his side to win the game and help silence the doubters. And with the Manchester derby coming up on Sunday, before Liverpool visit Old Trafford in the Capital Cup, this is the start of an important week for Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.
Sami Hyypia, now manager of Leverkusen after initially joining as a player in 2009, is unlikely to earn a favourable reception from the home fans, having spent most of his career at Liverpool, where he achieved great success, including helping the Reds win the Champions League in 2005.
Marouane Fellaini could make his first start for the Red Devils after making his debut from the bench against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Youngster Adnan Januzaj, who impressed in that match as a substitute, will miss out.
Shinji Kagawa could return after recovering from flu, although Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck are doubtful after they both missed training on Monday. For the Germans, key man Lars Bender faces a fitness test and may not be fit.
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