Opponent analysis: Manchester United

We take a look at our next group stage opponents, Manchester United | The English side’s season so far | Read about the key players, stadium, and discover other interesting facts

Die Roten Bullen visit Old Trafford! Julian Nagelsmann's team face English record champions Manchester United on matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage. The Group H match kicks of at 21:00 CET. 

Before the game, we're taking a closer look at our opponents, Manchester United



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This season:

Manchester United are undoubtedly the most successful side in the history of the English Premier League. In the last 20 years, the European regulars never finished outside the top 10 in the domestic league table. Of course, the success of such top clubs is also reflected in their trophy hauls; alongside FC Bayern München, United are one of just five clubs to have won the Champions League, Europa League and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Despite such great tradition and a squad stacked with household names, our opponents haven’t got off to the start that they would have hoped for in the league. United have been far below their usual standards and lie in 15th place with just two wins and a draw from five games. There has been cause for joy in Europe, however, after a 2-1 success over Paris Saint-Germain on matchday 1.

Willi Orban on United: “We will need to be more careful with the ball, and more effective going forward, against Manchester United. We don’t need to hide, though.”

The key players:


Manchester United’s squad is filled with top-class players. Spanish international David de Gea stands in goal, while the two-footed Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are just two of the quality options in advanced areas. The team is led by captain Harry Maguire.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team also contains one of their own academy graduates, Marcus Rashford. Despite his tender years, the 22-year-old striker has already played 222 professional matches (71 goals, 41 assists) for United. Together with Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, Rashford forms a fearsome attacking line-up for United.



  •  21x Community Shield winners (most recently in 2016/17)
  • 20x English league champions (2012/13)
  • 20x English league champions (2012/13)
  • 12x FA Cup winners (2015/16)
  • 5x English League Cup winners (2016/17)
  • 2x Champions League winners (1998/99 & 2007/08)
  • European Cup winners (1967/68)
  • Europa League winners (2016/17)
  • UEFA Supercup winners (1991/92)
  • FIFA Club World Cup winners (2008/09)
  • Intercontinental Cup winners (1999/00)


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The head coach:


Norwegian head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær began life at Manchester United with eight consecutive wins in 2018. Solskjær was already well-known to fans of United, the club for whom he made the majority of his appearances during his playing days.

Last season, Solskjær reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League with the 'Red Devils', where the team suffered a 2-1 defeat to eventual champions FC Sevilla.



Club profile:

  • Club name:
    Manchester United Football Club 
  • Founded:
    1st January 1878
  • Club colours: 
    Red, white and black 
  • Most appearances: 
    Ryan Giggs (928 matches) 
  • Record goalscorer: 
    Wayne Rooney (253 goals in 559 matches) 


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City & Stadium:


The city is in the north-west of England and lies in the centre of the Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester. The home city of Manchester United has almost 550,000 inhabitants, who are known as ‘Mancunians’ or ‘Mancs’.

Old Trafford

  • Total capacity: 74,879 (sheltered seating)
  • Year built: 1910
  • Pitch dimensions: 105m x 68m
  • Owner: Manchester United Football Club

In front of Old Trafford’s east stand, you can find two statues: one of Sir Matt Busby and another of 'The United Trinity'. Matt Busby managed Man. United for 24 year and is recognised as one of the most influential managers in the history of English football. The United Trinity shows the three players (George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law) who shared the player of the year award in 1960.

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