After an eventful weekend of European league matches, the UEFA Champions League returns to Foot Mercato! On Tuesday, Manchester United will host FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford in the third matchday of the group stage. This highly anticipated match brings together two historic clubs, both accustomed to competing on the European stage. However, they have had a difficult start to this edition of the Champions League. Manchester United has already suffered defeats against Bayern Munich (4-3) and Galatasaray (2-3), leaving them in a precarious position in Group A (4th place, 0 points). Another poor performance at home against the Danish club could seriously jeopardize their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages. On the other hand, FC Copenhagen (3rd place, 1 point) managed to secure a draw in their away match against a Turkish team (2-2), but then lost to Bayern Munich (1-2) in Denmark.
You can follow this match live on the Foot Mercato website, with a minute-by-minute commentary starting at 9:00 PM. For this third Champions League group stage match, Erik Ten Hag has decided to stick with the players who have performed well in recent games and maintain his preferred system of play. In his traditional 4-2-3-1 formation, the Dutch coach has chosen to start Rasmus Hojlund as the lone striker. He will be supported in attack by Antony, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford. Sofyan Amrabat and Scott McTominay will continue in midfield, while the defense will feature Frenchman Raphaël Varane. As for FC Copenhagen’s lineup, Jacob Neestrup has opted for a 4-3-3 formation, with Viktor Claesson, Lukas Lerager, and Rasmus Falk in midfield. Elis Achouri, Diogo Gonçalves, and Mohamed Elyounoussi have been given the nod in the attacking positions.
Here are the official lineups:
Manchester United: Onana – Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon – Amrabat, McTominay – Antony, Fernandes, Rashford – Hojlund.
FC Copenhagen: Grabara – Jelert, Vavro, Diks, Ankersen – Claesson, Lerager, Falk – Achouri, Gonçalves, Elyounoussi.
This promises to be an intriguing encounter between two teams looking to turn their fortunes around in the Champions League. Manchester United, with the weight of history on their shoulders, will be desperate to secure a victory and get their campaign back on track. FC Copenhagen, on the other hand, will be looking to build on their positive result in Turkey and cause an upset at Old Trafford. As the match unfolds, football fans worldwide will be eagerly watching to see which team will come out on top.