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Manchester United to ease Premier League’s European woes against Wolfsburg

30 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Manchester United to ease Premier League’s European woes against Wolfsburg

It is imperative for their own Champions League hopes - and the English top flight - that Louis van Gaal’s side beat the German club

Five defeats from six matches so far is an embarrassing start for Premier League clubs in the Champions League this season – especially with the threat of losing the coveted fourth qualifying spot looming.

But while the losses of Chelsea and Arsenal against Porto and Olympiacos were typical of both clubs’ recent troubles, Manchester United are ideally poised to claim their first win of the competition.

Having been beaten 2-1 by PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago, United enter the second game of Europe’s elite club competition pointless for the first time since 1996/97.

Encouragingly for the three-time winners, though, they have never lost a home game on matchday two.

That should continue against Wolfsburg on Wednesday, where they are 33/50 to claim all three points.

For the first time since becoming manager 15 months ago, Louis van Gaal’s side are finally adhering to his much-publicised – and oft-derided – philosophy.

And while the style is the antithesis of the blood and thunder of the English game, it is working.

United are one point clear at the top of the Premier League, have conceded just eight goals in 11 matches in all competitions and, after being pedestrian in attack for so long under Van Gaal, are scoring regularly again.

That is largely down to the stellar form of summer signing Anthony Martial, whose pace, power and desire to run in behind defences has created space for the rest of the team to perform.

The Red Devils have scored three times in four of their last fixtures and are 11/8 to win on Wednesday and for the match to have more than 2.5 goals.

With Michael Carrick out injured, the experience of Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to be crucial against the Bundesliga runners-up.

The German World Cup winner has shone in his short time in England and will be determined to impress against his compatriots.

Schweinsteiger, who has not scored for his new club, is 8/1 to score any time in a United win.

It will be intriguing to see how Wolfsburg perform at Old Trafford.

The club were impressive last season, finishing second and winning the German Cup for the first time.

And despite selling talisman Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City, the money received for the Belgian has been re-invested in Schweinsteiger’s talented international team-mate Julian Draxler.

Dieter Hecking’s side also retained the services of 6ft 5in striker Bas Dost, scorer of 20 goals last season and six already this campaign.

The Dutchman will relish the prospect of an aerial battle with fellow countryman Daley Blind and is 8/1 to net in a Wolfsburg victory.

That would be a surprise, though, particularly considering the German side has won just once in the three games since beating CSKA Moscow in their Group B opener – a run that also includes being thrashed 5-1 by Bayern Munich last week.

United are not playing fluently enough for that emphatic score to be repeated, but another performance of control and intelligent attacking is likely to be enough to triumph.

It is a result the Premier League’s credibility requires just as much as United.

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