It’s back to the drawing board for Manchester United after Saturday’s abysmal 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth. There was certainly lots to think about as we vocalised in our takeaways from the game, but there is no time to wallow in self-pity.
The Red Devils prepare for a huge week of football, as it could define the complexion of the rest of their season if things go well - or more likely, sour. Whether it’s the pressure of a managerial change or the prospect of no silverware to play for, two massive games against Bayern Munich and Liverpool await.
In order to stand any chance of qualifying, United must win against Bayern and hope that results go their way on Tuesday. They would need a draw in the game between Copenhagen and Galatasaray to finish second. If they win Bayern but there is a winner in the other game, Ten Hag’s side will be playing in the Europa League after the New Year.
Should neither results go their way, United will finish rock bottom of Group A and have nothing to play for in Europe this season.
Bayern are coming off a defeat at the weekend, after being beaten comfortably 5-1 against Frankfurt. They will be looking to bounce back themselves, so no luxury is expected to be afforded by a side who also shockingly drew their last Champions League game against Copenhagen 0-0.
Here is the expected lineup for Manchester United:
André Onana will play in the last Champions League group stage match for United. It has been a series of games riddled by the Cameroonian solely costing United crucial points.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka should start instead of Diogo Dalot, who has had a poor run of games lately.
Harry Maguire continues to be one of very few silver linings recently and is expected to retain his place.
Raphael Varane should start for the first time in some time since Victor Lindelöf (doubt) and Jonny Evans are likely to not be at full fitness yet.
Luke Shaw is expected to start ahead of Sergio Reguilon as he continues his comeback.
Sofyan Amrabat is expected to start again, after being in the lineup against Chelsea and Bournemouth.
Scott McTominay had a torrential time against Bournemouth but should still start as other midfield options are not quite at full fitness yet.
Antony has enjoyed playing in the lineup in December and will be looking to build his portfolio with trickery and defensive work.
Bruno Fernandes will be the first name on the team sheet and should play the entirety of the game as he is suspended against Liverpool on Sunday.
Alejandro Garnacho has calmed down from form since his Goal of the Month moment but will likely start ahead of Marcus Rashford, who is back.
Rasmus Højlund is a different beast in the Champions League and will start ahead of Anthony Martial, who had a poor performance at the weekend.