Victory for Manchester United away to Bayer Leverkusen will guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Man Utd currently lie a point clear of their opponents at the top of Group A, with Shakhtar Donetsk – who are at home to Real Sociedad – a further two points back, meaning defeat at the BayArena will make things very nervy when the Ukrainian champions visit Old Trafford on match day six.
Sunday’s performance in the 2-2 draw away to Cardiff City in the Premier League suggested that Man Utd are far from the finished article under David Moyes, with the home side more than worthy of their point, given to them by a stoppage time equaliser, which will frustrate the Scot, as it saw the gap to league leaders Arsenal extend to seven points.
Victory for Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen will leave them on the brink of securing their passage through, and they have a good home record, with eight wins in nine games in league and Champions League. They are currently second in the Bundesliga having overtaken Borussia Dortmund, and they are just four points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Man Utd will again be without captain Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie, who both missed the Cardiff game through injury. Marouane Fellaini serves a one-game ban for his sending off away to Real Sociedad in the previous round of group games.
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