UNITED vs RANGERS
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Tuesday 14 September
Kick-off: 1945 BST
Big night for Rooney as we go for our 150th win in European football in tonight’s predictably labeled ‘Battle of Britain’.
Rangers have had a good start to their season but then haven’t played at Old Trafford yet and they definitely haven’t got the same pedigree as us when it comes to the Champions League.
We’ve won our previous two meetings against Rangers in the Champions League, winning 1-0 at Ibrox and 3-0 at Old Trafford in the group stage in 2003. Rangers failed to win any of their six games in the competition last season and have not won any of their last 10 Champions League games, losing seven times. They have also lost on four of their last five visits to England, apart from one win over Leeds in 1992-93.
Michael Carrick misses out with an ankle problem but Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, who both return tonight, are amongst ten changes made from the side we put out against Everton at the weekend.
Rangers hope defender Steven Whittaker will recover from a calf injury, but Kirk Broadfoot (ankle) is doubtful. Striker Kenny Miller, who scored a 90th-minute winner on Saturday, will return to the starting XI with recent signing Nikica Jelavic ineligible.
UNITED: Kuszczak; Brown, Ferdinand, Smalling, Fabio; Fletcher, Gibson; Valencia, Rooney, Park; Hernandez.
Subs: Van der Sar, Evans, O’Shea, Anderson, Giggs, Owen, Macheda.
RANGERS: McGregor; Broadfoot, Weir, Bougherra, Papac; Whittaker, David, McCulloch, Edu, Naismith, Miller.
Subs: Alexander, Lafferty, Foster, Beattie, Weiss, Little, Hutton.