Manchester (AP) – Julian Nagelsmann expects the first royal class endurance test for his team at Old Trafford, even without a spectator. “They will come with a lot of tailwind”, predicted the RB Leipzig coach before the start of the match at Manchester United on Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN).
The Red Devils started the new season in the Champions League with a 2-1 win against last year’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain. For Nagelsmann, that’s enough warning: the Saxons will likely face a much more difficult task than in the easy 2-0 opening win against Basaksehir Istanbul.
“I don’t know if such a performance will be enough”, the 33-year-old warned recently after the difficult 2-1 victory in the Bundesliga against Hertha BSC. This was also felt by the players dressed in dark suits, white shirts and white sneakers for their first-class trip. “We need more ball security and better effectiveness against Manchester United,” said defender Willi Orban.
Leipzig travels to Manchester where unbeaten Bundesliga leader United, on the other hand, is only 15th after six games in the Premier League. for empty booths at Old Trafford. After the 1: 3 against Crystal Palace, a 1: 6 crash against Tottenham Hotspur followed with coach José Mourinho. It was United’s biggest home defeat in Premier League history.
Nagelsmann attaches little importance to such numbers, and United’s back was last injured in the 0-0 win against Chelsea with the attacking trio of ex-Leipzig Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic. The previously desolate defensive behavior of the English in substitution situations or with deep balls will let Nagelsmann flow into his preparation for the game.
After the false start in the competition, United coach Solskjaer is already under pressure. The 67-time national player from Norway, who won six championship titles with United and the Champions League in 1999, would be successful at the time, however. Tactician Nagelsmann will have noticed Solskjaer’s switch in Paris with three central defenders and two fullbacks.
Nagelsmann, however, has to use his strength sparingly, especially with a view to four games in the next eleven days. With captain Marcel Sabitzer, it should only be enough for a short deployment after his muscle injury. “Medically it makes no sense,” says Nagelsmann, who does not want to take any risks. Even veteran Kevin Kampl squeezed the thigh. In addition, national player Lukas Klostermann is missing after his knee surgery, Amadou Haidara, who tested positive for the corona virus, Nordi Mukiele with a strain and Konrad Laimer, who is still in rehabilitation.
But Angeliño is indispensable. The fullback with his unstoppable urge to attack has a great deal of Manchester experience. The 23-year-old played for United’s arch-rival City from 2013 to 2019, with some interruptions. He ran against the 20-time champion five times and achieved two victories. “I’m sure our coach will give us a few things to get out of Manchester,” said the Spaniard of “Bild”.