The Red Devils will face the Red Bull in a battle of the brands on Wednesday as Manchester United and RB Leipzig clash at Old Trafford for the right to lead UEFA Champions League Group H.
Things are tight at the top after both teams won their first pool outings; victory in Manchester yields great rewards in that context, not to mention the bragging rights of winning the maiden matchup between the pair.
United rallied late to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away from home on Matchday 1, sealing their second straight win at the Parc des Princes despite some hot-and-cold form this term:
Leipzig have looked far more consistent domestically and enter the second round of European fixtures as Bundesliga leaders, unbeaten in their seven games across all competitions this season.
Julian Nagelsmann will hand counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer one of his toughest tests to date as a manager, with the Red Bulls eyeing a fifth consecutive win in all contests:
What TV Channel is Manchester United-RB Leipzig on?
You can watch Manchester United take on RB Leipzig at Old Trafford via Galavision at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
Leipzig got the bulk of their work out of the way early in the Group H curtain-raiser against Basaksehir, with two strikes courtesy of Angelino in the opening 20 minutes enough to separate the two.
Three points at Old Trafford may not be as easy to come by, although two Premier League teams—Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur—have already managed to take maximum spoils from the venue this campaign.
Leipzig’s last visit to England came in February when they were deserved 1-0 victors at Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, going on to triumph 4-0 on aggregate in last season’s round-of-16. One might believe Chelsea’s move to sign Timo Werner—who scored Leipzig’s winner at Spurs—has crippled Nagelsmann’s attack, but productivity hasn’t suffered at the Red Bull Arena:
How to Watch Manchester United vs. RB Leipzig
When: Wednesday, October 28
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Marcus Rashford’s late strike sealed another memorable win in Paris, but the pressure is arguably higher ahead of Leipzig’s visit considering United’s only losses this season have come at Old Trafford. They held Chelsea to a frantic 0-0 stalemate on Saturday, their first Premier League point at home in three attempts this season.
Solskjaer told reporters defender Eric Bailly and midfielder Jesse Lingard are his only injury concerns, meaning summer signing Edinson Cavani could make his European debut for the club.
Nagelsmann’s key conundrum is in who to field at right-back, with Nordi Mukiele, Konrad Laimer, Lukas Klostermann and Amadou Haidara each out of commission for the time being.
The 33-year-old Leipzig coach is already held in high regards among soccer’s up-and-coming managers, but victory over United in his first Old Trafford visit would enhance his reputation again as a special tactical talent.