Manchester United will be out to prove they have turned a corner when they face Copenhagen in the Champions League this week.
Erik ten Hag’s men will now aim to put their European fate back in their own hands against Group A minnows Copenhagen.
United, who beat the Danish side 1-0 in the reverse match last month, are third on three points, one behind second-placed Galatasaray.
Galatasaray have a tough task away to Bayern Munich, who are unbeaten in their last 37 group games and won their last 16 in a row, meaning another United victory would likely see them leapfrog the Turkish giants.
Copenhagen vs Man United: Rashford form
Marcus Rashford will be feeling the pressure as he desperately bids to kickstart his faltering start to the season.
He subsequently missed the 1-0 win at Fulham after failing a late fitness test on a knock suffered in training.
The 26-year-old travelled with the squad to London and is expected to do so again for their European trip to Denmark.
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The England international hit 30 in a career-best campaign last season but has managed just one from 14 games in all competitions this term.
Rashford hasn’t scored in any of his last seven appearances for United in the Champions League, with his last strike coming in a 3-2 win over Atalanta in October 2021.
If he plays and fails to find the net in this game, it will be his longest run of appearances without scoring in the competition having also notched up seven successive blanks in Europe’s elite competition between February and November 2018.
Failing to get on the scoresheet again would bring him into territory he hasn’t charted since he burst onto the scene as a teenager.
Rashford had to wait nine games to follow up the two goals he struck against Midtjylland on his debut as an 18-year-old in 2016.
- Manchester United have faced a penalty in all three of their UEFA Champions League matches this season and could become the first team on record (2003-04 onwards) to give away a penalty in each of their opening four matches in a campaign.
- FC Copenhagen had 16 shots in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on MD3, their most ever in a UEFA Champions League away game. The most attempts they’ve had against a side across both meetings with a side in a single campaign is 29, against Borussia Dortmund last season (22 home, 7 away).
- Manchester United lost their first UEFA Champions League away game under Erik ten Hag (v Bayern Munich on MD1), while the Dutch manager has never previously lost consecutive away matches in the competition. In fact, he’s already lost as many UEFA Champions League away games in charge of the Red Devils (1) as he did in 16 in charge of previous club Ajax (W10 D5 L1).
Copenhagen vs Man United: What has been said?
Ten Hag hailed United fans for their support against Fulham and said the players were keen to repay them with with a victory.
The Dutchman told talkSPORT: “We are connected, the team and the fans, they are behind us.
“Also in bad moments they always supporting us and we want to pay back today we did it, but of course it’s the first step, we want to continue this.”
Asked if the win will take the pressure off, Ten Hag replied: “Ah, that doesn’t bother me. I focus on my team, I focus on the performance, that’s the only thing that counts.”
- FC Copenhagen are without a win in their last nine UEFA Champions League matches (D4 L5). They’ve lost the last two in a row but have never lost three consecutive matches in the competition before.
- FC Copenhagen are winless in their last six home games in the UEFA Champions League, although five of those matches have ended in draws (L1). Indeed, only five combined goals have been scored across these six matches (two for, three against), with four of them ending as nil-nil draws.
- Manchester United have only won one of their last seven away games in the UEFA Champions League (D2 L4), with that one victory coming at Villarreal in November 2021 under Michael Carrick.
Copenhagen vs Man United: Team news
Rashford is the biggest concern heading into this one, but the forward is expected to be available following a knock.
Ten Hag already has a lengthy injury list, with Casemiro the latest to be sidelined with an ankle problem.
Defensive trio Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez are all out, while Amad Diallo is closing in on a comeback.
Victor Lindelof is set to return from illness while Jadon Sancho remains unavailable after a public falling out with Ten Hag.
- FC Copenhagen are winless in their last 10 meetings with English sides in all European competition (D4 L6), failing to score in any of their last eight such games.
- Manchester United have won seven of their 10 meetings with Danish sides in all European competition (D1 L2), though both defeats have come in their last three such away games.
- FC Copenhagen’s first ever UEFA Champions League victory was a 1-0 home win against Manchester United on MD4 in the 2006-07 edition.
Copenhagen vs Man United: talkSPORT coverage
This Champions League clash will take place on Wednesday, November 8.
Kick-off at the Parken Stadium will take place at 8pm.
talkSPORT will have live coverage from Denmark, presented by Adrian Durham.
Commentary comes from Jim Proudfoot and former Chelsea defender Scott Minto.
talkSPORT.com will also be running a live blog to cover all the action as well.
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