Manchester United play Valencia in the Champions League tonight where top spot of the group should be confirmed. Only a defeat would see us finish 2nd because of Valencia’s superior goal difference.
It can all change by Wednesday but right now Inter Milan, Lyon, FC Copenhagen, Roma, Marseille and AC Milan are the teams we could potentially face in the next round. Whilst there are easier ties on offer, the prospect of facing the Fat Spanish’s waiter’s new team is rather exciting. They’re currently 6th in Serie A, just goal difference separating them from the 7th and 8th placed teams, and ten points behind local rivals and league leaders, AC Milan.
But first things first, Valencia, who are currently 5th in La Liga. Their top scorer is Roberto Soldado, who replaced David Villa in the summer, and has scored 9 goals in 16 games.
Michael Owen has been ruled out from making his return tonight, despite being back in training, with the possibility of Chicharito and Federico Macheda starting up front instead. There is the possibility of Wayne Rooney playing though, with the hope of getting him and returning to the form he enjoyed last season.
Wes Brown, Jonny Evans, Owen Hargreaves and Antonio Valencia did not take part in training yesterday, whilst Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra trained separately.
We may have temporarily lost our position on top of the Premier league, but here’s to us topping our group tonight.
Delays expected on the metrolink in all directions after a serious crash last night. Might be in your best interests to pop on the bus this morning instead.