MANCHESTER UNITED UPDATE

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Manchester United superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba will return to the Manchester United squad for Saturday's Premier League game against Newcastle at Old Trafford. Striker Ibrahimovic, 36, is yet to play this season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April. Pogba is back after two months on the sidelines with hamstring trouble. Phil Jones looks certain to miss out after being injured in England's friendly against Germany.

Provisional Man Utd squad: De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Young, Pogba, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, Martial.

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Going into Premier League matchweek 12, after the international break, Manchester United host Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday, November 18. Man United manager Jose Mourinho's team went into the international break following a 1-0 league defeat by holding England Premier League champions Chelsea which left them second in the standings, eight points behind leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City.

 

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Today Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed that Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all in contention to face Newcastle in the Premier League at the Aon Training Complex on Friday afternoon. Asked specifically which players with long-term injuries are set to return against the Magpies at Old Trafford, Mourinho response was surprising to the press. 

 

“The players that stayed here and were recovering from injuries, even the ones that are recovering from big injuries, they are ready to play,” declared United boss Mourinho. “Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.”

 

Rojo has not played a senior match since the UEFA Europa League tie against Anderlecht on 20 April, but the Argentina international made an appearance for United's Under-23s on Wednesday night. Ibrahimovic has not featured since the same European game with Anderlecht. 

 

"He made a full recovery," Jose told reporters in his Friday pre-match press conference. "Now you cannot expect him to be ready to play 90 minutes or to be ready to play consecutive matches like he did all his career. Now he needs time to be back to his level, his fitness, his confidence, his sharpness, his everything. But, from the clinical point of view, to be good and ready is fantastic."

 

Pogba has been out since the opening UEFA Champions League Group A clash against Basel on 12 September.

 

"You can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul's injury and after Paul's injury. It's as simple as that," added Mourinho.

 

Manchester United's injured players took advantage of the international break to regain fitness and key squad members got much-needed rest. United midfielders Michael Carrick (calf) and Paul Pogba (hamstring) have been out with injury since September while long-term absentees Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, who sustained knee injuries last season, are still recovering.

 

“We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,” Mourinho said. “They have to work every day but they are in a good position now. Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Fellaini. They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position.”

 

United have won all four of their Champions League games and are close to qualifying for the knockout stages while also competing to retain the League Cup title. With nine matches to be played across all competitions in December, Mourinho said that his key players that were not selected for their national teams for this month's friendlies would get a well-earned break.

 

“The international players all disappear and then we have a couple like Chris Smalling and Ander Herrera and they really deserve, after so many matches, to have a week off which I'm going to give them,” said Mourinho.

 

Reportedly, both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba may return to the Man United squad after resuming full training after recovering from their injuries. Both players are in contention for a spot on the bench when Jose Mourinho's men host Newcastle United on this weekend. Pogba has not played since September 12 in a Champions League clash with Basle. Ibrahimovic has been out since April with a cruciate ligament injury. The return to action of the two superstars is a major boost for their boss Mourinho. Manchester United are eight points off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and host Basle in the Champions League next week, needing only a point to reach the knock-out stage. Pogba, United's record signing at £89million in the summer of 2016, has been a made a strong start to the season before his injury - limping off in a Champions League clash. Pogba was dangerous in the opening four league games of the league campaign, partnering well with new signing Nemanja Matic. Ibrahimovic was released in the summer after his injury looked to have terminated his Manchester United career when his one-year contract expired. Ibra has re-signed at Old Trafford and could make an appearance on Saturday ahead of his scheduled recovery.

 

Looking forward to his Manchester United return after a torn cruciate knee ligament, thirty-six-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic will surprise anyone who thinks the injury will have robbed him of his scoring powers in a serious setback. However, Ibra has lost none of his confidence and swagger, seven months after landing awkwardly trying to control a pass with his chest against Anderlecht in the Europa League in April. Ibrahimovic may be named as a sub at Old Trafford against Newcastle on Saturday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will be better than before when he returns to Manchester United after being sidelined for seven months with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

 

“I’m determined to return better and stronger than before,” Ibrahimovic said. “That is my goal and it will happen. There are no other options. When I’ve decided to do something, nothing is going to change my mind. I said I would take over Sweden. At breakfast, I had already taken over Sweden. At lunch, I took over Europe. At dinner, I took over the world. That was my plan. And that is exactly what happened.”

 

Upon being diagnosed with a torn cruciate, Ibracadebra was originally expected to be out until 2018, however his Manchester United return will almost certainly be way ahead of schedule whether or not he plays against Newcastle. Zlatan said he was stunned after being injured and wondered if he would be able to make it back. He felt 'paralyzed' after being confined to his bed.

 

“I have never been hurt but then I felt I swallowed my tongue. It was a strange feeling I had never known before,” said Zlatan. “Thoughts started spinning in my head. What’s happening? I am 36 what can I do? What does the future hold? Instead of focusing one thing at a time, like normally, a lot of things were spinning around in my mind. The first thing I said to myself was "giving up is not an alternative". I have come this far and will finish on my terms, not anyone else's. I’ve got new scars that could be called tattoos. They will be memories for life. I’ll always remember what happened, what I’ve gone through and what I’ve been fighting for.

 

'I remember being on crutches and lying in bed for 12 hours a day, feeling paralyzed when you are used to playing and exercising every day. I am the kind of person who is always training a lot. Hard work gives you something in return, that is my philosophy.'

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not giving up on twenty-nine-year-old Marouane Fellaini despite him not renewing his contract extension on a £120,000-a-week deal. United hope to tempt Marouane Fellaini to remain at Old Trafford after United activated the Belgian midfielder's 12-month contract option last year. Fellaini refused to sign a contract extension and will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January. The 29-year-old midfielder could leave United as a free agent next summer. Man United does not plan on selling Fellaini in January even though the Belgium midfielder rejected a new contract at Old Trafford. Fellaini who turns 30 next week, only has seven-and-a-half months left on his current £120,000-a-week deal for the former Everton star in the next transfer window. United triggered the 12-month option on Fellaini's deal a year ago but he refused their offer of new terms in September. Popular Fellaini is in a strong position at United, a notable turnaround for the footballer who became a symbol of the failed manager David Moyes era after joining his old boss Moyes at United when he moved from Everton for £27.5million in 2013. At his lowest point, Fellaini was even booed by some supporters who refused to accept him as a United player possibly due to his size and playing style. In contrast, the Belgian has become a key part of Jose Mourinho's side after re-establishing himself under Moyes’ replacement, Louis van Gaal. Fellaini has taken his game to an even higher level under his new boss Jose Mourinho who has praised the player's strength of character.

 

“I always trusted Marouane since day one and try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team,' said Mourinho. “I think only a strong character could resist the difficulties here. He had some difficult times when people didn't recognize his qualities when other managers didn't like so much the qualities he has. He is a fighter, a guy with lots of pride and I am really pleased I helped him reach this level and change the perception the fans have now.” 

 

Surprisingly, Marouane Fellaini is suing New Balance for £2.1million claiming their boots are causing 'considerable damage' to his feet. The Belgium international signed a four-year deal with the sportswear giants back in 2012 but has taken them to court following the pain he claims the boots have caused his feet and has now walked away from the £600,000-a-year deal with New Balance and changing to Nike footwear before last season. Fellaini appeared in London's High Court to demand damages. Fellaini issued a writ which stated the 'poor quality' boots needed to be 'steamed and stretched' by the kitman before the midfielder was able to play in them. The United striker claimed his feet were subjected to 'considerable damage' when he wore the boots and he 'repeatedly communicated his frustration' to the manufacturers. Fellaini's legal team have said that they are also suing for 'loss of employment, inconvenience and impact on performance' due to the damage the boots are claimed to have inflicted. In response, the boot-makers claim in court papers that their client, Fellaini, once described the boots as 'perfect' and ordered 12 more pairs. 

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will be without two key men. Central defender Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) and winger Christian Atsu (thigh) are both sidelined, with the latter likely to be out of action for at least two weeks. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who sat out the Republic of Ireland's play-off against Denmark because of a family bereavement, is available, while full-back Paul Dummett (hamstring) is back in training and midfielder Mikel Merino is due to return from a back problem.

Provisional Newcastle squad: Elliot, Darlow, Yedlin, Manquillo, Mbemba, Gamez, Haidara, Clark, Lejeune, Hayden, Shelvey, Saivet, Ritchie, Murphy, Aarons, Diame, Perez, Joselu, Gayle, Mitrovic.

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Manchester United goals: Mile Svilar 45 o.g, Daley Blind 78 pen

At 14 minutes Manchester United opened the match scoring with a goal from Matic. Benfica’s young goalkeeper Svilar could not stop Matic’s goal that came from 25 yards out towards the bottom right. The ball hit the base of the right-hand post, out onto the fully-extended Svilar’s back, and into the net - United 1-0 Benfica. Otherwise Svilar was been excellent in the first half. Man United are closing in on a place in the Champions League knockout stage.

On his 20th birthday, Marcus Rashford came on late in the second half and made an instant impact going past Samaris, beating Ruben Dias on the outside, and is then hit by Samaris. At 78 minutes, Lukaku prepares to tee up the penalty ball and take the kick. Herrera takes the ball off him to take responsibility himself. Finally Blind snatches it off Herrera, and slots home a simple penalty winner down the middle. United will be in the knockout stages tonight unless Moscow win in Basel.

Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho was a bit unhappy with supporters who questioned his team’s style as he aimed a small dig at Man United fans suggesting they should have taken more joy from Saturday’s narrow win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup. United earned a 1-0 victory against Spurs, with sub Anthony Martial latching onto Romelu Lukaku’s hopeful flick-on to score the only goal of the battle. Some home fans groaned at Lukaku’s relatively subdued performance at Old Trafford, prompting Mourinho to defend his ‘untouchable’ striker afterwards. After beginning the 2017-18 season in fine scoring form, United have only scored more than one goal in one of their last five Premier League games and that was against bottom of the table Crystal Palace. Some fans are questining Mourinho’s tactics, and comparing them to the more free-flowing Manchester City side who are scoring more goals and are in first place on the Premier League Table.

Speaking in Tuesday’s United Review, the programme for the Benfica game, Morinho was quoted.

“I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham.”

Despite sitting second in the Premier League table, and top of their Champions League group, Mourinho’s tactics at United are being questioned by some. Mourinho was unhappy with some of the groans that accompanied Lukaku’s performance. Portuguese coach Mourinho recently said that he would not end his career at Old Trafford, while simultaneously praising PSG. Mourinho questioned fans over their treatment of Lukaku. After the win over Spurs, Mourinho was interviewed.

“I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much because he gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal makes the whole difference,” said Mourinho. “I don’t think it is fair at all. So I’m a bit disappointed – but not with him. With him very pleased.”

Real Madrid were the last side to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in European competition in March 2013. Going into the match Benfica have lost all three group games so far and have not scored in two of those three ties. United have a foot in the knock out stages of the competition, and will try their best to make it four wins out of four and book their place in the last 16 at Old Trafford against the Portuguese champions. 

Twenty-two-year-old Luke Shaw made his first Manchester United start since April 30 in their Champions League tie against Benfica on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Shaw has only made two substitute appearances in the popular Carabao Cup this season and none in a Premier League or Champions League matchday squad. Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia were not among the Man United squad members on the team coach. Valencia's only cup appearance was at Benfica two weeks ago.

Man United next face giant club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday before the November internationals and no doubt Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will rest Jones and Valencia ahead of the match.

Axel Tuanzebe made his second appearance of the season after he started at centre-back in the Carabao Cup win against Swansea last week. The 19-year-old was omitted from Mourinho’s squad against Tottenham Hotspur after Eric Bailly recovered from his groin injury.

Dutchman Daley Blind lives nearby and tends to rendezvous at the Manchester city centre hotel separately.

Mourinho returned to his home at the Lowry Hotel where he still resides an hour before his players turned up. Mourinho reported at his pre-match press conference that United's injured players Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are unavailable.

"I think it's the same, we still have one more training session at 3pm today just to confirm," Mourinho said. "But in the best of the scenarios we have the same players as the last weekend. Our aim tomorrow is to qualify. Ten points would be okay, but our main aim is to qualify first in the group. Benfica will give us a difficult match. They have their own ambition and pride and they will try to win, we just want to get to the last 16 by finishing first in the group. We played Marcus and Anthony together in Swansea, one week ago, so yes, they can play together, that's no problem. What we cannot do is play with 12 players, and we cannot play with everybody at the same time."

Romulu Lukaku has not scored in his last 5 games.

Mourinho has declared Romelu Lukaku as 'untouchable' after he perceived United supporters' booing of Marcus Rashford's withdrawal at the weekend to be a slight on the Belgian. Lukaku stayed on and hit the post with a header before he out-jumped Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld to play in Anthony Martial for an 80th-minute winner.

"The fans are the fans and I also told that the fans paid their ticket," Mourinho said. "They are free to express themselves the way they want to express, but my job is to protect my players and I think Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone. It's not one goal or one ball that hit the post or one that can make Romelu's contribution below the top level, he's playing extremely well for us and I have to protect my players when I feel they deserve it and Romelu always deserves it because what he does for the team is fantastic. Playing football for a striker is not just about scoring goals. So he is untouchable in my team and also in the support and respect he deserves from the fans.

"I don't think he was quiet [against Spurs] at all, ask Alderweireld and Vertonghen and Dier if he was quiet and they are some of the best centre defenders in football. I don't think he was quiet as well, the qualities of scoring goals or not scoring goals because in the end that is what people analyse, but he was not quiet at all."

Eric Bailly added: "He is an excellent player. I've played against him and now I am fortunate to play with him. Every player knows what kind of player he is and he's playing well and scoring goals. The most important thing is he carries on doing his job like a good centre forward."

Before the game, United manager Jose Mourinho was interviewed.

“We have only three midfield players at this moment. We managed to give 60 mins rest to Nemanja Matic at Swansea; Ander Herrera has played every match, so it is time for him to have a break. Today is obviously a big match for Scott McTominay, but we believe in him and he is ready. The Chelsea game at the weekend is not on my mind at all; the important thing is to qualify for the Champions League and we are not there yet.”

Mourinho was asked if he expects the crowd to get behind his team.

“I don’t know. They normally are. We have enjoyed some good moments at Old Trafford and this season we are having good results, let’s see if we can continue that,” replied Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho’s United side are now but a point away from the Champions League knockout phase after their fourth win from four Group A matches. A talking point of United’s winning Group A clash against Benfica is that José Mourinho insisted that Daley Blind take Man United’s second penalty of the game instead of superstar striker Romelu Lukaku. At 78 minutes after Marcus Rashford  secured a spot-kick and Lukaku looked like he was going to take the shot. After a brief intervention from Ander Herrera, Blind stepped up to send the ball home and a seemingly annoyed Mourinho made a gesture to signal his disapproval with a hand gesture similar to what he at the close of Saturday’s win against the Spurs. Asked about the hand action, the Portuguese did not recall it.

“I don’t remember that,” said Mourinho. “I don’t understand why everyone asks me the same, I am paid to take decisions good or bad. In the first half the decision was bad as Anthony Martial missed one. “In the second half I made another decision and I don’t see the drama, the penalty taker for this match was Martial, he was not even on the pitch when the second one was given. Romelu wants to take, he has the personality to take the responsibility, Herrera was the same. But my decision was based on training in the past couple of days, the players respected my decision and that was it, end of story.”

“What I know is we want to win the maximum points, we didn’t qualify yet, so we are going to try to win the next two matches and finish with 18 points. It would be nice,” said Mourinho.

Before the start of the game with Benfica, Mourinho described Lukaku as “untouchable” so it was a surprising decision to deny him a chance to break a five-game scoring drought and build up his confidence before United play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Mourinho had made a pre-match plea to Manchester United fans regarding his belief that Lukaku had not been given enough support by fans during the win.

“I hope some of you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham,” said fifty-four year old Mourinho.

Mourinho made six squad changes for the game. Scott McTominay was given a full debut in the Champions League, his second start in United colours. Also in were Martial, Matteo Darmian, Blind, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata.

Eighteen-year-old Mile Svilar was Benfica’s goalkeeper again despite his mistake allowing Rashford’s winner in the reverse game in Lisbon. Rui Vitoria’s side were the same except for the suspended Luisão being replaced by Jardel.

threatened first, via a corner won by Douglas off Blind, although David De Gea easily stopped it. Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 had Lingard as the No10, splitting Mata and Martial right and left. The latter, the scorer of Saturday’s winner, won an early free-kick after being dropped by Rúben Dias. Svilar dived to his right to save Martial’s poor attempt of a penalty. United took their time to create an opening for Lukaku who strode forward and forced a save from Svilar. Next, Nemanja Matic’s 30-yard shot rebounded off Svilar’s left post, hit the unfortunate keeper’s shoulder and went in as an embarrassing own goal that culd have been two but the misfiring Lukaku failed to finish when clear in on Svilar. Lukaku was looking for a goal and was lucky to be awarded a foul when a first touch had the ball bouncing hard off him before being going down. Mourinho took off Mata and sub Marcus Rashford’s 15-minute cameo on his 20th birthday featured his winning of the penalty. Lukaku goes into United’s Premier League clash with Chelsea needing to break what is now a six-game goal drought.

Squads

Manchester United made six changes to the side that defeated Tottenham last weekend. Missing: Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Antonio Valencia and Marcus Rashford. Taking their places: Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. Benfica named the same side that took on Manchester United at the Estadio da Luz in their last meeting, with the exception of the suspended Luisao. In comes captain Jardel. Rookie goalie Mile Svilar is given another chance to showcase his talent after his debut against United.

Manchester United

de Gea, Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, McTominay, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Young, Rashford, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Shaw.

Benfica

Svilar, Douglas, Jardel, Dias, Grimaldo, Pizzi, Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Salvio, Jimenez, Goncalves. Subs: Julio Cesar, Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Eliseu, Cervi.

Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (Lithuania).

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EPL first place club Manchester United has resigned superstar Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will be the "extra man" for United following the Christmas holiday season said manager Jose Mourinho. Thirty-five-year-old Ibra who scored 28 goals in 48 matches for Man United last campaign, has signed a new one-year deal. Due to a knee injury, Ibrahimovic was released prematurely by the titan club in June 2017 after the season was ended.

 

"I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club's intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch."

"Let him do his work, step by step and come back when he is ready," said Mourinho. "He won't be ready for the group phase of the Champions League. No chance of that. I just think he will be the extra man for us in the second part of the season. The second part of the season is normally January, after Christmas, when the transfer window reopens."

 

Ibrahimovic who initially was hired by Manchester United on a free transfer in July 2016, has been in rehab recuperating at United's training ground after knee surgery.

 

"A club like Manchester United has to show how big it is in details," said Mourinho. "This is a big detail. A player that gets injured with a Manchester United shirt, fighting for Manchester United, the club has to be there for him. I am really happy with both the club and player. Some talent you cannot waste”.

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United announced that Ibra would be wearing the number 10 shirt after new signing Romelu Lukaku took the 9 jersey that was previously the Swede's. Ibrahimovic will have competition for a forward place from £75m Man United signing Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial. Martial scored four times in 25 Premier League games for United last season, but the 21-year-old forward has netted twice in two substitute appearances this term. Although France international Martial was linked with a move from Old Trafford, Mourinho said he wants "more and more" from Martial.

"I hope he will be better this season than last," said the Portuguese Red Devils’ boss. "When you have some talent you cannot waste. When you are blessed with talent, you have to fulfill and explore it. You cannot be happy with just glimpses. That I am not going to change."

In the new season, Mourinho expects to see improvement from United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan after having initially endured a slow start to his Manchester United career.

"He understands me and I understand him," added Mourinho about Mkhitaryan. "With his talent, this season will be even better."

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Wayne Rooney who recently left Old Trafford to his return to Goodison Park and his boyhood club Everton recently announced his retirement from international football. Mourinho said the former England captain "told me the night before", and that he understood the 31-year-old's former England and Manchester United captain’s reasons for doing so.

"He does it for Everton and his family," said Mourinho. "I realize, like many other people, when he retires how many times he plays, how many goals he scored, what he represents for football in this country."

The Red Devil’s will play their opening Champions League match in Group A on September 12 at home at Old Trafford against FC Basel after gaining a spot in the upcoming 2017 - 2018 Champions League Group Stages by winning the Europa League. Legendary Swedish football star Ibrahimovic starred for United last season but missed playing in Man United’s Europa League triumph in Stockholm after sustaining a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in the quarter-final second leg. 

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Superstar Ibrahimovic, 35, made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for the club during the 2016-17 England Premier League campaign. Ibrahimovic has won a trophy in each of the past 15 seasons of his career.

"We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season," said Red Devil’s boss Mourinho.

Reportedly, Ibrahimovic is being considered for a coaching role with the club when he retires from playing.  The veteran forward rejoins Mourinho’s United side that have steamrollered two 3 wins to open their Premier League campaign taking them to first place on the EPL Table. 

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The Manchester United Legends are back!

 

On Saturday, the Manchester United Legends play the Barcelona Legends at Old Trafford. Red Devils' Legends captain Bryan Robson’s side carry a two-goal lead into the tie having won the first leg 3-1 at Barca's Nou Camp.

 

Bryan Robson

 

“It’s nice to have a club with charisma like Barcelona coming and playing at Old Trafford, and the boys will be well up for it because the tradition between Man United and Barcelona in Europe is there for all to see. They’ve got some real good forwards and midfield players, and we’ve got some real good forwards in our squad, so it’ll be a competitive game.”

Edwin van der Sar 

"Of course it's always nice to go back to Old Trafford, I played there in Michael Carrick's testimonial match and I have played in a few other charity games. I'm looking forward to playing against Barcelona in September. Hopefully, we're not going to mess it up! [Laughs] Not many teams go away and win the first leg so we should be able to lift the trophy."

Manchester United Legends:

-  Bryan Robson (Manager)
-  Andrew Cole (Assistant Manager)
-  Raimond van der Gouw
-  Denis Irwin
-  Ronny Johnsen
-  Mikael Silvestre
-  Russel Beardsmore
-  Jesper Blomqvist
-  Wes Brown
-  Bojan Djordjic
-  Ji-sung Park
-  Karel Poborsky
-  Ben Thornley
-  Louis Saha
-  Ruud van Nistelrooy
-  Dion Dublin
-  Danny Webber
-  Dwight Yorke
-  Edwin van der Sar

Barcelona Legends:

-  Albert 'Chapi' Ferrer (Manager)
-  Eric Abidal
-  Frédéric Dehú
-  Luis Garcia
-  Xavi Guzmán
-  Jesús Angoy
-  Gaizka Mendieta
-  Andoni Goicoetxea
-  Patrick Kluivert
-  Juan Carlos Moreno
-  Aloisio Pires
-  Juan Carlos Rodriguez
-  Simao Sabrosa
-  F.X.Sanchez Jara
-  Sergi Barjuan
-  Juliano Belletti
-  Jofre Mateu
-  Edmilson
-  Edgar Davids

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UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel FC in Group H after the draw for Europe's biggest club competition took place in Monaco on Thursday. England Premier League giant club Manchester United return on fire to the popular tournament after last year's success in the UEFA Europa League. The Red Devils will battle Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A. Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn with Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag FK in Group C. Opening matches are scheduled for September 12 and 13.

Los Blancos' draw is labeled as a group of death, and Real Madrid's trips to Germany and England could see them lose their chance to win the famous trophy again. Superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo inspired his side previously in the competition, but the Spanish La Liga winners will have to be amazing to retain the Champions League for the third season running.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2017-18 GROUP STAGES DRAW

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Qarabag

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, Apoel

MATCHDAY 1 FIXTURES

Tuesday 12 Sep 2017

SL Benfica v PFC CSKA Moskva

Manchester United FC v FC Basel 1893

FC Bayern München v RSC Anderlecht

Celtic FC v Paris Saint-Germain

Chelsea FC v Qarabağ FK

AS Roma v Club Atlético de Madrid

FC Barcelona v Juventus

Olympiacos FC v Sporting Clube de Portugal

MATCHDAY 2 FIXTURES

Wednesday 27 Sep 2017

FC Basel 1893 v SL Benfica PFC

CSKA Moskva v Manchester United FC

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Bayern München

RSC Anderlecht v Celtic FC 

Atlético de Madrid v Chelsea FC

Qarabağ FK v AS Roma

Sporting Clube de Portugal v FC Barcelona

Juventus Football Club v Olympiacos FC

MATCHDAY 3 FIXTURES

Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

PFC CSKA Moskva v FC Basel

1893 SL Benfica v Manchester United FC

RSC Anderlecht v Paris Saint-Germain FC

Bayern München v Celtic FC

Qarabağ FK v Club Atlético de Madrid

Chelsea FC v AS Roma

Juventus Football Club v Sporting Clube de Portugal

FC Barcelona v Olympiacos FC

MATCHDAY 4 FIXTURES

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

FC Basel 1893v- PFC CSKA Moskva

Manchester United FC v SL Benfica

Paris Saint-Germain v RSC Anderlecht

Celtic FC v FC Bayern München

Club Atlético de Madrid v Qarabağ FK

AS Roma v Chelsea FC

Sporting Clube de Portugal v Juventus Football Club

Olympiacos FC v FC Barcelona

MATCHDAY 5 FIXTURES

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

PFC CSKA Moskva v SL Benfica

FC Basel 1893 v Manchester United FC

RSC Anderlecht v FC Bayern München

Paris Saint-Germain v Celtic FC

Qarabağ FK v Chelsea FC

Club Atlético de Madrid v AS Roma

Juventus Football Club v FC Barcelona

Sporting Clube de Portugal v Olympiacos FC

MATCHDAY 6 FIXTURES

Tuesday 5 Dec 2017

SL Benfica v FC Basel 1893

Manchester United FC v PFC CSKA Moskva

FC Bayern München v Paris Saint-Germain

Celtic FC v RSC Anderlecht

Chelsea FC v Club Atlético de Madrid

AS Roma v Qarabağ FK

FC Barcelona v Sporting Clube de Portugal

Olympiacos FC v Juventus Football Club

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Tuesday 12 September
Group A: Benfica v CSKA Moskva, Manchester United v Basel
Group B: Bayern München v Anderlecht, Celtic v Paris Saint-Germain
Group C: Chelsea v Qarabağ, Roma v Atlético Madrid
Group D: Barcelona v Juventus, Olympiacos v Sporting CP

Wednesday 13 September
Group E: Maribor v Spartak Moskva, Liverpool v Sevilla
Group F: Feyenoord v Manchester City, Shakhtar v Napoli
Group G: RB Leipzig v Monaco, Porto v Beşiktaş 
Group H: Real Madrid v APOEL, Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund

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COMING UP AHEAD IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

24.8.17: Group Stage Draw
12–13.9/17: Group stage, matchday one
26–27.9.17: Group stage, matchday two
17–18.10.17: Group stage, matchday three
31.10.17–1.11.17: Group stage, matchday four
21–22.11.17: Group stage, matchday five
5–6.12.17: Group stage, matchday six

11.12.17: Round of 16 Draw
13–14.02.18 and 20–21.2.18: Round of 16, first leg
6–7.3.18 and 13–14.3.18: Round of 16, second leg

16.3.18: Quarter-final Draw
3–4.4.18: Quarter-finals, first leg
10–11.4.18: Quarter-finals, second leg

13.4.18: Semi-final and Final Draw
24–25.4.18: Semi-finals, first leg
01–02.5.18: Semi-finals, second leg

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England Premier League Week 2 Results

Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United

Southampton 3-2 West Ham United

Leicester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bournemouth 0-2 Watford

Burnley 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace

Stoke City 0-1 Arsenal             

England Premier League Week 2 Standings (Goal Difference)

1. Manchester United - 6 (+8)

2. West Bromwich Albion - 6 (+2)

3. Watford - 4 (+2)

4. Liverpool - 4 (+1)

5. Southampton - 4 (+1)

6. Huddersfield Town - 3 (+3)

7. Manchester City - 3 (+2)

8. Tottenham Hotspur - 3 (+2)

9. Leicester City - 3 (+1)

10. Arsenal - 3 (+1)

11. Everton - 3 (+1)

12. Burnley - 3 (0)

13. Swansea City - 1 (-4)

14. Chelsea - 0 (-1)

15. Stoke City - 0 (-1)

16. Newcastle United - 0 (-2)

17. Bournemouth - 0 (-3)

18. Crystal Palace - 0 (-4)

19. Brighton & Hove Albion - 0 (-4)

20. West Ham United - 0 (-5)

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England Premier League Week 2 Top 10 Scorers (Goals)

To date, here is a list of the top EPL goal scorers.

1. Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United (3)

2. Paul Pogba, Manchester United (2)

3. Anthony Martial, Manchester United (2)

4. Javier Hernandez, West Ham United (2)

5. Steve Mounie, Huddersfield Town (2)

6. Sam Vokes, Burnley (2)

7. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City (2)

8. Shinji Okazaki, Leicester City (2)

9. Sadio Mane, Liverpool (2)

10. Danny Welbeck, Arsenal (1)

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