Tue, Sep 15th 2015
Well, I have to say that it feels good to be back in this competition. The sideshow against Brugge was good but this is the real thing and it all gets underway tonight with a tricky away tie against last season’s Eredivisie Champions, PSV Eindhoven – the club that has a rich history of bringing through some top quality players (Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam anyone? I wouldn’t mind those two at their peak in the side tonight.)
They were, of course, also the team who sold us Memphis Depay who played a major role in their winning the title last season (he was their top goal-scorer) but have kept hold of their other main goal threat, Luuk de Jong who, you might remember, had a disappointing loan spell at Newcastle last year.
Our 3-1 win against Liverpool over the weekend was good for all kinds of reasons but I was particularly pleased to see the new lad Martial coming on towards the end and grabbing a debut goal and he should feature again tonight.
As for a prediction… it’s difficult because this really does feel like a completely new Manchester United side which still doesn’t really know what it’s doing.
The first half against Liverpool was appallingly poor from both sides but as the home side the onus was us to go for the win but our play was slow and negative. Apparently some words were spoken at half-time and the second half saw much more United-like performance.
This being an away game in the Champions League could well see LvG revert to the snoredom although our thrashing of Brugge away from home holds some promise that the shackles might not be used.
If we go for it then there’s no doubt that we can return from Holland with three points on the board. PSV are a good side but they’re not a great side and really don’t have anywhere close to the pedigree in this competition that we have and it’s over ten years since their best showing (a semi-final appearance) in the new format Champions League (although they did win the old European Cup in 1988).
The Red Devil's Match Prediction
The bet is 3 points United to win @ 2.37 with William Hill