Manchester United aiming for Champions League boost in Italy

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United visit Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday aiming to boost their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the competition.

Paulo Dybala’s goal handed the Italian champions a deserved 1-0 victory at Old Trafford. The result maintained their 100% record at the top of Group H.

United remain second in the standings with four points, two ahead of Valencia with three games to play. With the La Liga side hosting Young Boys on the same evening, the Red Devils could easily be out of the qualification spots heading into the final two matches.

Fans watching the game via Manchester United live streaming services will be eager to see their team produce a better performance than the one they managed in the first encounter with Juve.

Cristiano Ronaldo helped provide the winner on his return to Old Trafford, firing a cross into the box which eventually fell for Dybala to net his fifth goal of the season with just 17 minutes played.

Juve dominated possession and created the better chances, only to be kept at bay by United goalkeeper David de Gea. Paul Pogba almost snatched an unlikely point for United late on against his former club, but his fierce strike hit the post.

Manager Jose Mourinho has a few selection issues to address heading into the game. The Portuguese dropped Romelu Lukaku from his squad for Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Bournemouth, but the striker should at least make the bench in Italy.

Marouane Fellaini, Diogo Dalot and Antonio Valencia remain on the sidelines for United, but Ander Herrera could start in place of Fred after being praised by Mourinho at the weekend.

Anthony Martial seems sure to make the starting XI given his run of five goals in four games, while Marcus Rashford – who scored the winner at Bournemouth – may also come into the line-up.

While a defeat on Wednesday wouldn’t end United’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage, it would certainly make things a little trickier.

The Premier League club host Young Boys in their fifth game in the group, before heading to Spain to face Valencia in their final match.

Mourinho’s side will be fancied to pick up three points against the Swiss side, but the trip to Valencia will undoubtedly be tough.

A positive result against Juve would send United into their final two games in a confident mood, but a defeat could be the catalyst for a nervy end to the group stage.

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