MUN vs LEP Dream11: Manchester United welcome Red Bull Leipzig to Old Trafford in the second round of the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. This is the first time the two sides are meeting in their history with United not having faced a German side since 2015 when they took on Wolfsburg. Manchester United have had a rollercoaster of a season, from losing 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspurs to beating Paris Saint-Germain away from home. They now go into this game on the back of a dull 0-0 draw against Chelsea. Leipzig, on the other hand, has had a great start to the season and are still unbeaten. They have won all their games except for a 1-1 draw away to Bayer Leverkusen and currently sit atop the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern Munich.
Fixture name & competition: Manchester United vs Red Bull Leipzig, UEFA Champions League
Date & Time: 29th October, 1:30 am (IST)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
MUN – DWWLW
LEP – WWWWD
Head-to-head (last five meetings): The two sides have never played each other before.
Last meeting: N/A
Live Streaming: Sony Ten Network, SonyLiv
A) Manchester United Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that there are no new injuries. Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones will all continue to miss out on the action with injuries.
Doubtful starters: Solskjaer has said that a few players have picked up knocks but has not mentioned any names which suggest there will be squad rotation. Scott McTominay got substituted after picking up a knock but is fit to start.
Expected changes: United played a 3-5-2 against Paris Saint-Germain but reverted back to a 4-2-3-1 against Chelsea. They should play a 3-man defence against Leipzig, with Alex Telles making it back to the lineup. Axel Tuanzebe may get a call-up after his superb performance against PSG. Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek are set to make the bench again after Fred and Scott McTominay’s great defensive display. Edinson Cavani might get the nod ahead of the out-of-form, Anthony Martial.
MUN Playing 11 (probable):
David de Gea (GK)
B) Red Bull Leipzig Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Julian Nagelsmann has some injury concerns with defenders Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann and Nordi Mukiele all confirmed absentees. They will also be without midfielders Tyler Adams, Konrad Laimer and Amadou Haidara as well.
Doubtful: RB Leipzig has no doubtful players.
Expected changes: Julian Nagelsmann might have to consider a change in formation to accommodate all the injuries. Benjamin Henrichs will replace Nordi Mukiele and Ibrahima Konate will most likely take Lukas Klostermann’s place. Leipzig may shift to a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation with Yussuf Poulsen, Daniel Olmo and Emil Forsberg spear-heading the attack. Christopher Nkunku, Kevin Kampl and Marcel Sabitzer are likely to play in a midfield 3 in MUN vs LEP Dream11 Team Prediction.
LEP Playing 11 (probable):
Peter Gulacsi (GK)
This game is tough to call with Paddy Power and Coral both placing Manchester United’s odds at 2.30 and RB Leipzig at 3.00. These are good odds because Leipzig goes into this game as the favourites with their run of form. Manchester United have had good results this season but have been largely inconsistent which can be a problem and are yet to win a home league game. Julian Nagelsmann’s side is a very well-oiled tactical machine and will press the United team very well. However, their injuries in midfield and defence will pose an opportunity to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men. With the PSG game going their way and two relatively easy games coming up in Istanbul Basakshehir, Manchester United will be happy with a draw against Leipzig. Check out our MUN vs LEP Dream11 Match Prediction.
Captain Options –
Manchester United –
Bruno Fernandes – Bruno Fernandes has had a brilliant time at Manchester United so far with 16 goals and 11 assists so far. He also has the most number of key passes in the Premier League with 18. Bruno scored the winner against Brighton in the league and scored the opening goal against PSG. He has 4 goals and 3 assists in 7 games this season.
Marcus Rashford – Rashford has 4 goals and 2 assists in just 6 starts this season. He also scored the winning goal against PSG and has created 10 chances whilst providing 8 key passes. 88% of his shots are on target which will be crucial against RB Leipzig.
Edinson Cavani – Cavani’s experience will be perfect to take on a tactical side like RB Leipzig. With 341 goals and 65 assists, he will be a menace to the Leipzig defence. He got his United debut as a substitute against Chelsea but will be eyeing for a start now. With 200 goals for PSG, Cavani should be one of the first names on the team sheets.
RB Leipzig –
Yussuf Poulsen – Yussuf Poulsen has kicked off this season with 2 goals and an assist so far, averaging a goal every 84 minutes. He has also provided 4 key passes and created 5 chances. He has also completed 5 dribbles so far and will want to increase those number against United.
Dani Olmo – The 22-year-old signed for RB Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb in the winter transfer window. He has 4 assists in 5 Bundesliga starts this season. He has provided 9 key passes while creating 12 chances. He also has 7 dribbles completed successfully and a shot on target once about every 67 minutes.
Emil Forsberg – The Swedish international has 40 goals and 52 assists for RB Leipzig. This season he has 2 goals and 2 assists in just 5 starts and will be a major threat to the United defence. He also has 5 key passes and has created 6 chances.
Differential Picks –
Alex Telles – Alex Telles will start at left-wing-back and made his debut against PSG. He was excellent against them and created more chances (3) than any other player on the pitch despite playing just 67 minutes. He also had 3 successful crosses which will pose a great opportunity to Cavani. He scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists in 3 games for Porto before moving to United.
Angelino – The left-back on loan from Manchester City is in fine form this season. He has scored 4 goals in his last 5 appearances for the club despite playing in defence. He has created 13 chances while providing 13 key passes. Angelino also has 8 successful crosses, 5 successful dribbles and has 5 shots on target so far.