It’s quite simple really. If Manchester United win in Wolfsburg they deserve to go through to the knockout phase of The Champions League.
If they don’t they can have no complaints – they just weren’t good enough.
We always talk about the players having the ultimate responsibility to get results. That is regularly the case.
But Manchester United have a very strong squad which is playing beneath itself. And they all look hindered rather than helped by the tactics of Louis van Gaal right now.
The boss has this to say ahead of what could prove to be a defining game in his Manchester United tenure:
“I have the experience as a manager that the goals shall come, because when you are creating chances at the end you will score and finish those chances.
“It’s a matter of time and I hope we can prove that tomorrow.”
“It is very important for the club and the players to continue in the Champions League,” he says.
“You have to prove yourselves, as a club, as a team and as players. We can’t rely on the result of the other game.”
Manchester United’s Official Twiter feed confirmed earlier today that Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin weren’t on the plane for the big game
Injuries mean Rooney, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Jones, Rojo, Valencia and Shaw miss the trip.
Manchester United squad that has traveled to Wolfsburg: De Gea, Romero; Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Varela, Carrick, Fellaini, Goss, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Powell, Schweinsteiger, Young; Martial, Memphis
If ever there was a game for Manchester United to shine, this is it. It can be the springboard for their season or the point at which Manchester United fans say ‘enough is enough.’ The game is pivotal.