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Old Trafford Prepares for Crucial Champions League Showdown

Manchester United’s European Redemption: A Duel with Copenhagen Awaits

As the evening mist begins to settle over Old Trafford, Manchester United’s European journey hangs precariously in the balance. Coming off a tumultuous start, the Red Devils find themselves desperately seeking salvation against Copenhagen.

A Rocky Start in Europe

The narrative so far paints a grim picture for Erik ten Hag’s side. Their European campaign began on a melancholic note with a stumble against Bayern Munich. But what stung even more was the unexpected downfall at the Theatre of Dreams against Galatasaray. With zero points in two outings, the mathematics doesn’t look favourable for the Mancunians.

In contrast, despite having a solitary point to their name, Copenhagen’s story has been one of heartbreaking near-triumphs. Taking a commendable lead against Galatasaray only to falter in the dying minutes and conceding a late winner to Bayern makes one wonder: could the Danes be the dark horses of Group A?

Gearing Up for the Showdown

When and Where?

The anticipated fixture is set for Tuesday, October 24, 2023, with an 8 pm BST kick-off. At Old Trafford.

Catch the Action

For fans in the UK, TNT Sports 2 will broadcast the game from 7 pm. Alternatively, digital aficionados can stream the match on the TNT Sports app and website.

Peeking into the Team Sheets

Manchester United’s Formation

With Raphael Varane and Sergio Reguilon back in contention, United’s backline might finally get the reinforcement it sorely needs. Harry Maguire’s latest exploits against Sheffield United means he could solidify his position further in the centre-back role.

However, Casemiro’s suspension puts the spotlight on Sofyan Amrabat. Scott McTominay’s recent flair for goals might reward him with a starting berth. Alas, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Lisandro Martinez will be missing from the defensive lineup due to injuries.

Copenhagen’s Squad Woes

Copenhagen faces their own challenges. Birger Meling’s availability hangs in the balance, while William Clem and Noah Sahsah are likely to be sidelined. On the brighter side, Oscar Hojlund, Rasmus’s sibling, is expected to be in the mix.

The Bigger Picture

Dropping points now could spell disaster for United’s aspirations in the Champions League. Although Ten Hag’s recent victories have been hard-fought, the real test lies in navigating the European waters.

It’s worth noting the past confrontations:

United’s Record vs Copenhagen

  • Wins: 2
  • Draws: 0
  • Losses: 1

The Final Whistle?

Manchester United must ignite their European campaign, and the duel with Copenhagen might be the catalyst. The forecast? A narrow 2-1 win for the Red Devils. Let the games begin!

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