Manchester United secured their place in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League in style by thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 at the BayArena yesterday evening.
Antonio Valencia put the Premier League champions in front on twenty-two minutes, turning in Wayne Rooney’s cross before Emir Spahic turned in to own net to double the visitors advantage on the half hour mark.
Manchester United will be without Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic for this evening’s Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
Both missed Sunday’s draw with Cardiff City, and neither flew with the squad to Germany despite Vidic taking part in training ahead of the trip.
AC Milan have overtaken Manchester United in the race to sign highly rate Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, the Express understands.
The 21 year old, who has been impressing in Diego Simeone’s side this season, has been labelled as the next Xavi with reports suggesting that he could even replace him at the Nou Camp in the future.
Substitute Kim Bo-Kyung scored a stoppage time equaliser to earn Cardiff City a deserved point against Manchester United in the Welsh capital yesterday afternoon.
Wayne Rooney put the champions in front on fifteen minutes, scoring with a deflected shot soon after escaping a red card for a poor challenge on Jordon Mutch.
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Phil Jones is set to miss Manchester United’s matches against Cardiff City and Bayer Leverkusen after picking up an adductor injury on international duty with England, the Mail Online understands.
The 21 year old lasted just 57 minutes of the Three Lions’ 2-0 defeat to Chile on Friday evening due to the groin problem, and was replaced by club teammate Chris Smalling, who is likely to start for Roy Hodgson’s men against Germany this evening.
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Manchester United remained top of their Champions League group despite being held to a goalless draw by Real Sociedad yesterday evening.
Substitute Robin van Persie missed a penalty after Ashley Young went down in the area, though the England international has once again faced criticism for allegedly diving while Marouane Fellaini was dismissed a minute from time after picking up a second yellow card.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for St Etienne defender Faouzi Ghoulam, Sky Sports understands.
The 22 year old, who is also a reported target for AC Milan, has made sixty-four league appearances for the Ligue 1 side and despite being born in France, made his international debut for Algeria in a 3-1 win over Benin in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Central defensive duo Rio Ferdinad and Nemanja Vidic are both doubtful for this evening’s visit of Real Sociedad.
Both missed the 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend with minor knocks, with Phil Jones and Jonny Evans deputising.
Tom Cleverley may also miss out as he struggles to recover from a calf injury, while Danny Welbeck missed the final training session ahead of the game.
However, the club have been boosted by the availability of midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who has been added to the Champions League squad as a home grown player having missed the win over Bayer Leverkusen and draw at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Three points here would see David Moyes’ men strengthen their position at the top of Group A ahead of the return match in Sociedad in a fortnight’s time.
Elsewhere, Darren Fletcher has returned to training, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Scotland international has played just thirteen times since being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition in December 2011, with his last game coming in the 4-3 win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day last year.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has also hinted that he may be nearing an international recall, after revealing that he had a positive phone conversation with the 29 year old.
Manchester United will be looking to break into the top four with victory over local rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
David Moyes’ men go into the game on the back of their 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, and will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s success at the Etihad Stadium.
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Wayne Rooney grabbed his 199th and 200th goals for Manchester United as they began their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
The England international opened the scoring after twenty-two minutes, before Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes equalised ten minutes into the second half.
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