Manchester United will discover on Monday who they will face in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League.
The Premier League champions will be draw against one from Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint Germain or holders Bayern Munich.
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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.
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 manager David Moyes is without defensive duo Rafael and Jonny Evans for this evening’s Champions League clash against Real Sociedad.
Both were substituted at half time in the 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon and have remained in Manchester along with England pair Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck while Tom Cleverley has made the trip despite also going off after the first forty-five minutes at the weekend with double vision.
Manchester United stretched their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions with a comfortable 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
The Champions took the lead on nine minutes, when Antonio Valencia fired in from close range before two quick fire goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney had the visitors 3-0 up half way through the first half.
Manchester United maintained their position as leaders of Champions League Group A with a narrow win over Real Sociedad at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
Inigo Martinez turned the ball into his own net two minutes in to the game after Wayne Rooney saw his effort come back of the post, and that goal was enough to give David Moyes’ men all three points.
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 have been handed a favourable draw in the group stages of this seasons Champions League.
The Premier League champions will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad; with their campaign beginning against the Bundesliga side at Old Trafford on September 17th.
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