United should eventually wear down PSV resistance
Netherlands winger Memphis Depay left PSV in the summer for the bright lights of the Premier League and won’t be expecting an easy ride when he returns to the Philips Stadion with new club Manchester United this week.
United’s Daley Blind will also be facing Eredivisie opposition for the first time since leaving Ajax last year and is another player who will be targeted by home fans, who will turn out in force for the Dutch champions’ first Champions League appearance in six years.
PSV are currently second in the league behind Ajax after five games of the new season but thrashed Cambuur 6-0 on Saturday so look poised to give United a thorough test back in Europe’s premier club competition. They will again be without Jetro Willems and Florian Jozefzoon, however, while midfielder Adam Maher will need a late fitness test to see if he is able to play any part for Phillip Cocu’s team against the Red Devils.
Van Gaal must therefore decide whether to start with Anthony Martial, hero of Saturday’s win over Liverpool, or go with the more experienced Maroaune Fellaini.
PSV are unbeaten in 12 matches while United have lost just once this season so this should be a cracker. However, it’s United who have done best in head-to-matches between the sides having won two to PSV’s one in four previous meetings. The Dutch side have lost three of their last four home matches in Champions League, though the last of those was in 2009.
United have looked defensively sound this season and will want to get their campaign off to a positive start in the Netherlands. Apart from Rooney and defender Phil Jones, van Gaal has a full strength squad to choose from and they should make their class tell against PSV if weathering a likely early storm. An away win is 23/30 and the Draw/United on the Half Time/Full Time is 37/10.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 15th at the Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
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