Xherdan Shaqiri surprisingly starts for Liverpool in their top-of-the-table clash with rivals Manchester United at Anfield. 

The Swiss set up two goals after coming off the bench in last weekend's FA Cup win at Aston Villa and has earned himself a place in the XI against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as a result. 

Jurgen Klopp has gone with a forward-thinking 4-2-3-1 formation in order to fit Shaqiri into the team. 

However, centre-back Joel Matip misses out despite resuming training this week after overcoming a groin injury. 

Klopp has instead opted for Jordan Henderson to partner Fabinho in central defence, with youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips overlooked. 

Although the Reds name a midfield without their club captain, they are able to give Thiago Alcantara his Anfield debut, four months on from his arrival. 

As for United, they make three changes to the side that earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burnley in midweek. 

Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani make way to be replaced by Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelof and Fred, meaning Paul Pogba keeps his place after scoring the winner at Turf Moor. 

Anthony Martial is fit to start having been described as an injury doubt in the build-up.

 

Manchester United's record against the so-called 'big six' of the Premier League this season reads zero wins, two defeats and two draws.

They have conceded seven goals, six of them at home to Tottenham, and scored just once – a Bruno Fernandes penalty two minutes into that 6-1 hammering in October.

Fernandes scored their previous goal in these encounters from the spot, too, in a 1-1 draw at Spurs last June. In fact, you have to go back to March 2020 and their 2-0 win at home to Manchester City, the last Old Trafford game played in front of a crowd, for the previous occasion that they scored a goal against a big-six team that wasn't a penalty.

They might be top of the league heading into Sunday's showdown with Liverpool but, for a manager that made an early habit of extracting big performances against the best sides, that stat should be of serious concern to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

 

BIG ZERO SIX

Since the end of the 2019-20 shutdown, United have played seven games against the big six and won none of them, if you include domestic cup losses to Chelsea and City.

In league football alone, they have drawn against Tottenham, Chelsea and City and lost to Spurs and Arsenal, with just two Fernandes penalties to show for it. All their previous three such games were at home and they have not scored in any of them.

In their first 14 league games against these sides under Solskjaer, United won six times and lost only four, scoring 16 goals and conceding 13 – a decent record given their real problems with consistency.

The strange thing is United's winless run against the best has coincided with a general upturn in form since the previous season restarted last June. Taking only results in that time into account, United have played 26, won 17, lost just three, scored 56 goals and conceded 30. That's the best record of any side in the league and seven points better than Liverpool.

In fact, narrow that down to results against teams in the top half of the table in the same time frame, and United have lost the fewest games (two) of any side, with 21 points taken from 13 games, just three behind Jurgen Klopp's side.

So, why the recent drop-off against the very best?

Solskjaer's most dependable attacking weapons have been Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, all three of whom will almost certainly start at Liverpool, barring injury.

They were all involved in their last big-six contest in the league, a 0-0 draw at home to City in December. Rashford managed only one shot all game and created no chances for anyone else; Martial, a late substitute, created one chance but had no shots himself. Fernandes, ever the fulcrum of United's attack, had four shots and created two chances.

The previous game was a staid goalless draw with Chelsea that made the derby look positively thrill-a-minute. That day, with Martial banned, Rashford was more involved, with three attempts at goal and two chances created; he was outdone by Fernandes (three shots, four chances created).

They don't exactly look like imperious figures, but they actually fall in line with their per-90-minute numbers for this season. On average, Rashford attempts 2.7 shots per game and creates 1.3 chances; Martial has 2.9 shots and creates 1.2 chances; Fernandes musters 3.6 shots and creates 3.4 chances.

Put succinctly, based on this season's performances, Fernandes should be expected to create between three and four goalscoring opportunities in every league game he starts for United. In other words, he was bang on his average against City and Chelsea. Rashford's numbers are similarly close to the mean.

United's best attackers, then, are keeping their performance levels consistent against the big six. They're just meeting greater resistance. That becomes clearer looking at expected goals.

In their most recent three league games against these sides, United have had xG of 0.6 against City, 0.7 against Chelsea and a lowly 0.4 in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal. In those same fixtures in 2019-20, those figures were 1.6 (in a 2-0 win against City), 2.2 (in a 4-0 win over Chelsea) and 0.9 (in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal). Interestingly, though, Chelsea and Arsenal had higher xG numbers in those games last season, even though they suffered worse results, and City's only increased this term by 0.7.

This reflects a general balancing out in these matches. They are, for the most part, more attritional and less unpredictable affairs settled by fine margins – exactly the sort of contest you'd expect between true heavyweights. United are not significantly under-performing each time; they're just not quite tilting the odds in their favour.

How, then, might they change that against Liverpool? There is one simple way.

SLAB EXPERIMENT

United have one particular weakness, regardless of opposition: set-pieces. This season, they have conceded 11 goals from set-plays; only Wolves (12), Brighton and Hove Albion (14) and Leeds United (16) have a worse record. They have shipped four goals from corners, the same number as Liverpool, but the champions have only conceded eight times from dead-ball situations overall.

At the other end, United have scored 10 goals from set-pieces, a tally bettered by just four teams: Aston Villa and Southampton (11), and Chelsea and Liverpool (12). Only Chelsea (34) have created more dead-ball chances than United (31).

There is an argument to say they should have more set-piece goals than anyone else. It's an argument that centres around their captain – the man who might be the very thing United need to get back to scoring against, and winning against, big-six opposition.

Since the start of last season, Harry Maguire has won 73 per cent of his aerial duels in the Premier League. That's the best rate of anyone who has contested at least 300 in that time. In fact, he has lost only 98 of the 341 he has been involved in, which is the lowest number of losses across the same period within that elite group.

However, in an attacking sense, the world's most expensive defender doesn't seem to have his head on straight. Since the start of 2019-20, he has attempted 27 headed shots, hit the target with just nine of them, and scored with two. Of players with at least 20 headed shots in that time, only four have hit the target less often.

On Sunday, Maguire will face a Liverpool side without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and possibly Joel Matip. He will rarely have a better chance of stealing a march at set-plays and, if he does, he could well end United's wait for a goal – and a win – against the best. Sometimes, those fine margins are the width of a forehead.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Paul Pogba after the midfielder helped overcome Aston Villa - a result that moves Manchester United level on points with Liverpool at the top of the table.

United started 2021 as they ended the previous year - with a hard-fought home victory - as they defeated Villa 2-1 at Old Trafford, in the process extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 games.

Marcus Rashford had struck in added time to see off Wolves on December 29, and while they did not leave it so late this time, the Red Devils were still made to work hard.

Solskjaer felt Pogba's ability on the ball helped repel a physical Villa team, the France international impressing again in the United midfield as he continues to improve after recovering from coronavirus.

"He's getting better and better, fitter and fitter. I think he played well today," Solskjaer said to Sky Sports about Pogba, who attempted more passes and more passes in the opposing team's half than any other home player.

"They are a physical side, there were loads of challenges, one against one situations. Paul's one of these boys that can hold players off, get hold of it for us.

"But, not just Paul, we were too keen to play the killer pass. We knew they were going to drop off, then there are other spaces in behind we should have used."

Pogba had the most number of touches for United (69), while also winning 52.6 per cent of his 19 total duels.

The 27-year-old - whose long-term future at the club remains unclear - was fouled twice during the game, one of those occasions leading to the penalty that Bruno Fernandes converted in the second half, seeing the hosts reclaim the lead.

Anthony Martial had put them ahead earlier in the contest, scoring just his second league goal of a campaign disrupted by both injuries and a three-game suspension.

Solskjaer hopes the French forward - who has now scored on all seven days of the week in the Premier League - can build on his performance.

"He's had chances all season, maybe his confidence has had a bit of a knock earlier with the sending off, and some niggles he's had.

"Now he's firing, getting better and better."

United are back in action on Wednesday, hosting neighbours Manchester City in the last four of the EFL Cup. 

They are next on duty in the league on January 12, travelling to take on Burnley five days before a huge trip to defending champions Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the best is yet to come from Anthony Martial after the Manchester United forward bounced back from his slump with a string of impressive displays.

United boss Solskjaer has been urging Martial to cover more ground during matches and believes that is having a positive effect.

Martial had a goal and an assist in an impressive display as a late substitute in the 2-0 away win over Everton in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

That came after he had the same production in the 3-2 comeback win at Sheffield United in the Premier League as well as recording two assists in the 6-2 home win over Leeds United.

Solskjaer believes criticism and the red card Martial received in the infamous 6-1 home loss to Tottenham in October stalled his progress earlier in 2020-21.

Despite his recent improvement, Martial is averaging just 0.14 goals per 90 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League this season - seven United players fare better in that category.

But ahead of a key fixture away to Leicester City on December 26, Solskjaer is increasingly excited by the 25-year-old's progress.

"[Martial] has made important contributions lately, he has assists, scored goals," Solskjaer told reporters.

"He is getting fitter and showed it against Leeds. He knows that I am on to him about this, his running stats from that game set a new standard for him, which I want to see more of.

"He is always going to have the quality. Maybe his confidence has been bruised a little bit by what happened earlier on in the season with the red card [against Tottenham] and he has had some criticism.

"But Anthony is going to get better and better and, when we get Mason [Greenwood], Marcus [Rashford] and Anthony firing on all cylinders, we will be even more of a threat for teams.

"These boys know what I want from my team."

Martial rates better when it comes to assists. Per Opta statistics, he has 0.42 per 90 minutes on the pitch, putting him above fellow forwards Rashford (0.33) and Greenwood (0).

Of United players to feature for at least 500 minutes this season, only Bruno Fernandes (0.43) rates above him.

United have won each of their last 10 Premier League away games and are looking to become only the third team in history – after Arsenal and Chelsea – to win 11 straight when they meet Leicester.

It has historically been a good fixture for United, who have scored in each of their last 22 Premier League meetings with Leicester. Against no side have they had a longer scoring streak in the competition.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Paul Pogba's performance in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Sheffield United on Thursday.

Pogba set up Anthony Martial's goal at Bramall Lane as United became the fourth side in English top-flight history to record 10 consecutive away league wins.

Only Alex Telles (96) had more touches than Pogba (91), while the France international won three of his six aerial duels and gained possession eight times.

United manager Solskjaer praised Pogba, who has been linked with a move away from the Premier League giants.

"We made a decision. Of course, we know [Pogba's] strength in the air. We knew he was going to be important for us. He won almost every single header," he told a news conference.

"His vision, creativity. Paul's responded really well to the work he's been doing. He's fit now. Excellent performance."

Marcus Rashford scored a brace, either side of Martial's goal, while Mason Greenwood was the only other United player to have multiple shots.

Solskjaer hopes the trio can build on their performances, with Rashford having netted five goals in six away games in the Premier League this season.

"I don't think it's a key to get them on the pitch, it's key to get them performing. We need them to kick on, to start scoring goals," he said.

"We've done okay without them really firing. They showed their capabilities, now we need their consistency. Very happy with all three of them."

United, who climbed into sixth in the table, made another slow start as a Dean Henderson error allowed David McGoldrick to open the scoring, with the Sheffield forward also netting a second late on.

Solskjaer was happy to come away with three points, with United only five points behind leaders Liverpool and holding a game in hand.

"I don't have any frustrations. We got three points from a difficult game, a difficult place. You don't expect it to be comfortable," he said.

"The goals we scored were excellent. You have to accept the opposition have weapons, armoury that can hurt you."

Solskjaer's men host Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford scored twice to spare Dean Henderson's blushes as Manchester United yet again came from behind to beat beleaguered Sheffield United 3-2 and go sixth in the Premier League.

A terrible mistake from goalkeeper Henderson, replacing David de Gea against his former club, put an early opening goal on a plate for David McGoldrick at Bramall Lane on Thursday.

Yet it was deja vu for the Red Devils as they produced another fightback, Rashford equalising and Anthony Martial scoring his first top-flight goal of the season to put them in front at half-time.

The visitors were a huge threat on the break as they bossed the second half and Rashford took his tally for the season to 12 as they made it 10 consecutive Premier League away wins, despite McGoldrick's late second ensuring a nervy ending.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have had to come from behind to win all six top-flight matches away from home, while the Blades remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from 13 games.

Henderson gifted the Blades the lead just five minutes in when he was caught dwelling on the ball by Oliver Burke, who set up McGoldrick for a tap-in.

An unmarked John Fleck should have doubled the bottom side's lead when he fired wide from just inside the penalty area after Phil Jagielka replaced the injured Sander Berge.

The ruthless Red Devils turned it around with two goals in the space of seven minutes, Rashford timing his run to perfection and controlling Victor Lindelof's ball over the top with a great first touch before clinically rifling home with his right foot.

Paul Pogba then set up France team-mate Martial with a brilliant first-time pass to put United in front at the second attempt 33 minutes in.

Pogba's brilliant skill and pass started a devastating counter-attack that gave Solskjaer's side a two-goal cushion six minutes into the second half, Aaron Ramsdale at fault as he allowed Rashford's shot to go under his body.

Only desperate Blades defending denied Martial a second goal before Lindelof's header from a corner hit McGoldrick on the head and went in to give the Blades hope, but they could not salvage a point after Henderson produced a brilliant save to deny Lys Mousset in stoppage time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there is no need to hit the "panic button" and claims a derby with Manchester City is probably the best game Manchester United could wish for following their Champions League exit.

The Red Devils crashed out of Europe's premier club competition with a 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday and will be back in Europa League action in February.

United have no time to feel sorry for themselves, as they face City at Old Trafford on Saturday looking for a fifth consecutive Premier League victory.

Solskjaer expects United to show a positive response to a painful midweek defeat in Germany as they bid to get the better of their neighbours for a third time in a row in the top flight for the first time since a run of four victories from 2008 to 2010.

The United boss, who will welcome back Anthony Martial but has a doubt over Edinson Cavani, said: "I think every player is the same. Any player that plays football should be disappointed when you lose a game.

"They want to bounce back and win the next one. We've handled setbacks well, during games and before the next game. You need to analyse what went wrong.

"It's important not to press the panic button because you can't win every game. Some games will hurt more than others and have more consequences than others.

"We're facing the reality of no Champions League and we move on. We need to get back into the Champions League by improving."

Martial and Cavani missed the costly loss to Leipzig due to knocks, but the France forward will be fit to face a City side he has scored against in three of his last four Premier League games.

City have won seven Premier League matches at Old Trafford - more than any other visiting side - and although six of those have come in the previous nine seasons, Solskjaer thinks the derby has come at a good time.

"Of course, we were disappointed on Tuesday night, it's natural, we really wanted to go through. We've got to move on. It was a tight group decided by fine margins, you can see that in most games," Solskjaer said in a news conference on Friday.

"It was a long travel back [from Leipzig], so we had a day of recovery on Wednesday and after that the focus has been good, focus on this game, the Manchester derby, probably the best game you can ask for after such a disappointment because it does stick in your system."

Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial have been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with RB Leipzig.

Both forwards were substituted during Saturday's 3-1 Premier League victory at West Ham, where the Red Devils fought back from a half-time deficit to win through goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

Manager Ole Gunnar Soslskjaer had hoped the injuries would be short-term but he confirmed on Monday that neither Cavani nor Martial will travel to Germany for Tuesday's game.

There was some good news, however, with David de Gea available again after missing the West Ham win and Luke Shaw back in the travelling squad after missing a month of action with a hamstring problem.

"David's back in, Luke is travelling, Edinson and Anthony [have] only minor niggles but they won't be making the trip," Solskjaer told reporters.

With Cavani and Martial out and Rashford battling a shoulder issue, much of the goalscoring burden will fall on 19-year-old Greenwood.

Greenwood has scored 20 goals in all competitions since the start of 2019-20, which is twice as many as any other teenager playing for a Premier League side.

However, minor injury problems and reports of concern around his application in training and recovery have limited his impact this term, with his strike against West Ham his only goal in seven league appearances.

Still, Solskjaer has full confidence in the forward as he prepares his side for a game knowing that a draw will be enough to guarantee their place in the last 16.

"Mason's a very talented forward," Solskjaer said. "He's one of the best finishers I've worked with and when we can provide chances for him or he creates chances for himself with his movement, we've got a good chance for scoring goals.

"He's still young, still learning and he'll only improve with the quality and experience of the characters we have around him. He's exciting to work with.

"You get to the last game of the group stage and you're in the next round if you go and win that game or draw, so it's an important game, of course it is."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the mentality of his team after their come-from-behind 3-1 victory away to West Ham in the Premier League.

United overturned a half-time deficit to beat West Ham thanks to goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford in London on Saturday.

Just like they did against Southampton last week, United were forced to rally after Tomas Soucek's 38th-minute opener – Bruno Fernandes coming off the bench to inspire the fightback.

Pogba's delightful but controversial 25-yard equaliser – the ball appeared to go out of play in the build-up – set the stage in the 65th minute and Greenwood put United ahead three minutes later before substitute Rashford made sure of the points 12 minutes from the end.

United have now won their first five away games in a league campaign for the first time since 1985-86, and Solskjaer applauded the belief of the Red Devils, who moved within three points of top spot.

"We were playing against a very good side; they've drawn against Tottenham, they've drawn against [Manchester] City, they should have got points against Liverpool, they beat Wolves, they beat Leicester," said Solskjaer, whose United have now won more points from losing positions than any other team in Premier League history (385).

"They're a very good team. They made it difficult for us because they've got the X factor, they've got the quality in the big moments of the game. Set-plays, counter-attacks.

"We had the ball, I'm sure we had about 65 per cent possession in the first half but we couldn't control their big moment. When we got the goals and got on the front foot, we looked like ourselves. We've done this too many times now, coming back from 1-0 down for it to be a coincidence.

"To have this character in the team, this belief. The mentality is one of the big things that I take away from these away games. They always believe in themselves, we trust ourselves. There's no shouting and screaming. We believe in our team-mates and we believe in ourselves."

Fernandes replaced Donny van de Beek at half-time and transformed United in the second half as he teed up Pogba – the Portuguese star created eight chances, the most by a player in a single Premier League match with a maximum of 45 minutes played since Jason Koumas in 2008.

Since debuting in February following his arrival from Sporting CP, Fernandes has been directly involved in 36 goals in 38 matches across all competitions (22 goals and 14 assists) – five more than any other Premier League player during that period.

"I think this season is going to be such a long and hard one. When players have a niggly injuries, he's been kicked so many times in the last few weeks, he had a sore foot so I didn't want to use him from the start," Solskjaer said of Fernandes.

"We've got a big game of Tuesday, we've got a big squad with loads of quality and talent so we decided to go with the starting line-up that we did."

Solskjaer also provided an update on Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial, who were forced off the field due to injuries, ahead of Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash at RB Leipzig.

"Hopefully [they're] not too bad but they couldn’t carry on," Solskjaer, who also rested goalkeeper David de Gea, told Sky Sports.

"They're not bad ones hopefully. We'll do scans on them and hopefully they'll be available soon.

"There's a game already on Tuesday. It'll probably be [like this] this year. Some games we have to do without players and I'm glad we've got the substitutions we have."

Mason Greenwood has been included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United XI for the clash with Southampton - along with Donny van de Beek. 

Greenwood has not started for United since the 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal on November 1, though the teenager did come on as a substitute in the 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday. 

However, Solskjaer has handed the forward – who has scored just twice in all competitions this term – his fourth Premier League start of the campaign, as he partners Marcus Rashford up front at St Mary's. 

In midfield, Van de Beek gets his first league start since joining from Ajax with both Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay out injured, Solskjaer having stated in his pre-match news conference that the pair were doubtful for the clash with Ralph Hasenhuttl's in-form team. 

Anthony Martial is another absentee too, with Solskjaer confirming the France international had fallen ill overnight. 

Nemanja Matic, Fred and Bruno Fernandes – who Solskjaer has compared to Cristiano Ronaldo – were named alongside Van de Beek in a midfield diamond. 

Since his debut in the competition, Fernandes has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other player (24 – 14 goals, 10 assists), while no player has netted the winner in more different top-flight games than the Portuguese playmaker this season. 

Theo Walcott was rumoured to be a doubt for the hosts but the 31-year-old was passed fit to start alongside Che Adams in Danny Ings' continued absence through injury. 

Walcott has scored three Premier League goals against United, with all of these coming at different grounds – Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and Goodison Park.  

Only Les Ferdinand (five), Nicolas Anelka (four) and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (four) have scored a Premier League goal against the Red Devils at a greater number of venues.

All eyes are on a finely poised Group H as the Champions League returns this week following the international break.

Paris Saint-Germain, finalists last season, are in trouble after defeats to Manchester United and RB Leipzig, who they face again on Tuesday.

United's fine early European form took a hit when they lost to Istanbul Basaksehir, however, meaning all four teams are separated by just three points.

Elsewhere, Barcelona will hope their impressive Champions League results continue to provide an effective distraction after their latest LaLiga setback.

Juventus, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are all also in action as we break down Tuesday's key matchday four fixtures with Opta data.
 

Paris Saint-Germain v RB Leipzig: Milestone in sight for misfiring Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe netted a brace in PSG's 3-2 defeat at Monaco last week and his next goal will be his 100th for the capital club. However, the World Cup winner has not scored in the Champions League in 2020, enduring a seven-game, 529-minute drought in the competition since scoring against Galatasaray last December.

Neymar is set to be fit to start alongside Mbappe, and PSG will need their star pair on form to avoid suffering a second consecutive home defeat in the Champions League for the first time.

Leipzig, who were unbeaten in five away Champions League games before losing 5-0 at United, got the better of PSG last time out, meaning the Ligue 1 side have lost four of their previous six matches against German opposition in the competition - including the 2019-20 final to Bayern Munich.

Manchester United v Istanbul Basaksehir: Martial a man in form

Fresh from enjoying their first home Premier League win of the season, United will look to maintain their strong European run at Old Trafford, where they have six straight victories by a combined scoreline of 20-1.

Anthony Martial scored in the win against Leipzig and the defeat to Basaksehir and could become the first United player to score in three consecutive Champions League appearances since Wayne Rooney in 2010.

But Demba Ba also netted in the sides' previous meeting and has made four previous appearances at Old Trafford, scoring for Newcastle United in a 1-1 draw in 2011. United have lost three of their past four games against Turkish opposition.

Dynamo Kiev v Barcelona: No Leo against luckless Lucescu

Barca are looking to win their first four Champions League group-stage matches for just the second time (also 2002-03), despite this being the fourth occasion in five years they have started the campaign with three victories in a row.

The Blaugrana will welcome the sight of Mircea Lucescu in the home dugout. He has lost six Champions League matches against Barca, a miserable tally against a single opponent only topped by Arsene Wenger (eight defeats v Barca, seven v Bayern).

The Catalan club, who will have to cope without Lionel Messi, have three straight Champions League wins in Ukraine and Lucescu has been the opposition coach for two of them, both with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Juventus v Ferencvaros: Loan man Morata making strides

Cristiano Ronaldo is the man in form in Serie A, but Alvaro Morata has made an outstanding start to the Champions League campaign for Juve. He has four goals in three games, as many as he had netted in his previous 17 appearances across spells with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

Expect Ronaldo to be in the thick of the action, too, though, as he aims to nudge ahead of Messi as the competition's leading home goalscorer. He has 69 goals in home games, one behind the Barca man's 70.

Ferencvaros are visiting Italy for a European match for the first time since their 1968 Fairs Cup draw with Bologna. They are winless in three European Cup or Champions League games against Serie A opposition, shipping four goals in both of their defeats (4-0 v Inter in 1966, 4-1 v Juve this season).

 

Other fixtures:

Krasnodar v Sevilla

3 - In the sides' previous meeting on matchday three, Sevilla became only the third team in Champions League history to win a match after having a man sent off when they were losing (also Hamburg against CSKA Moscow in December 2006, Manchester City against Schalke in February 2019).

4 - Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui has only lost four of his 22 Champions League matches (W13 D5), although his last defeat in the competition was away in Russia, losing with Real Madrid at CSKA in October 2018.

Rennes v Chelsea

5 - It is five years since Chelsea won three consecutive Champions League matches, while they are looking to win three in a row without conceding for the first time since November 2013.

1 - Rennes have given at least one teenager a Champions League debut in each of their three games in the campaign so far. They have used five teenagers in all (Eduardo Camavinga, Jeremy Doku, Adrien Truffert, Brandon Soppy, Yann Gboho), two more than any other club.

Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge

12 - Erling Haaland was the joint-fastest player to score five Champions goals (three games, level with Didier Drogba), the fastest to score 10 goals (seven games) and will be the fastest to 15 goals if he scores in this game - his 12th appearance. The record is held by Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado (19 games).

20 - Lucien Favre will become the second coach to take charge of 20 Champions League matches with Borussia Dortmund after Jurgen Klopp (37). Favre's win rate of 53 per cent (P19 W10 D2 L7) is the third-best for Dortmund in the competition, behind Nevio Scala (60 per cent) and Ottmar Hitzfeld (58 per cent).

Lazio v Zenit

3 - Lazio have avoided defeat in their opening three Champions League group-stage matches (W1 D2) for the first time since 1999-00, when they went on to top the table unbeaten.

13 - Including qualifiers, Zenit are winless in 13 away European matches (D3 L10) since a 3-1 victory at Real Sociedad in December 2017 in the Europa League.

Kylian Mbappe is fit to feature in France's Nations League clash with Sweden on Tuesday but Anthony Martial is an injury doubt. 

Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe sat out Saturday's 1-0 win over Portugal, as well as last week's 2-0 friendly loss to Finland, because of a hamstring issue. 

However, he took part in full training on Sunday and is now in contention to play a part in the meeting with Sweden at the Stade de France. 

"Kylian is fine - he took part in the collective training session yesterday," France boss Didier Deschamps said at Monday's pre-match news conference. "He will also take part in the session today. 

"I will then take the time to discuss with him to see if he starts or if he comes into play from the bench. These are the two options with their advantages and disadvantages.  

"I will decide on what is best for the team and for him. He had two weeks without playing, but he really wants it. He wants to be there tomorrow, and if all goes well, he will be." 

Martial, however, may not be fit for the visit of Sweden, with Deschamps confirming the Manchester United forward trained separately from the group due to a back problem.

The 24-year-old started against Portugal and had more shots than any France player, though he failed to beat goalkeeper Rui Patricio with any of his three on-target attempts. 

He has now failed to score with each of his last 22 shots for France but captain Hugo Lloris insisted his team-mate offers a lot more to the side than just goals. 

"If he is here with us it is because the coach shows confidence in him," Lloris said. "He has adapted very well to the team thanks to his personality and his qualities as a player.  

"The coach has given him confidence. He made the defensive efforts, coming to help [Benjamin] Pavard down the right-hand side, so that means he has the right frame of mind." 

Mbappe and Martial's lack of fitness could see Olivier Giroud start, despite Deschamps recently raising concerns over the striker's lack of playing time at club level. 

Giroud has made just three appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League this term, all of them from the bench, and his national team boss has raised the prospect of the country's second-leading scorer finding a new club in the January transfer window. 

"The situation is not good for him. It is for him to sort - he will decide," Deschamps said. "But compared to the France team, psychologically and physically for him too, he has every interest in having playing time.  

"I hope that by January he will have more playing time. After that, he will stay or not. He knows what I think about it - I've told him, although I don't forget what he has done for us and might still do." 

France have already made certain of top spot in Group A3 ahead of their concluding fixture against Sweden, who are level on points with Croatia in the battle to avoid relegation.

Manchester United saw their 18-match unbeaten away run come to an end as they lost 2-1 to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Hoping for a response to Sunday's Premier League defeat at home to Arsenal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instead watched his side fall behind to a Demba Ba goal in Istanbul that came after the veteran striker was given the freedom of the United half to run forward and score.

Edin Visca made it 2-0 from more haphazard defending, doubling the tally of goals scored by Basaksehir in this competition.

Anthony Martial headed in a response but the visitors offered scant real threat in the second half, as their 100 per cent start to the group stage ended.

United started strongly but fell behind when a long Visca clearance allowed Ba to stride unchallenged into the visitors' half and slot past Dean Henderson, who was making his Champions League debut.

The hosts seemed only too happy to sit back as United failed to pick their way through, and they pounced on a chance to make it 2-0. Deniz Turuc robbed Juan Mata of possession, drilled the ball across the box and, after Ba let it run into space, Visca blasted past Henderson.

United responded swiftly this time, Luke Shaw's cross picking out Martial to steer a header beyond the reach of Fehmi Mert Gunok with his side's first effort on target.

Bruno Fernandes tested Gunok with a free-kick but still United laboured to break down the Basaksehir back line, prompting Solskjaer to introduce Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba from the bench.

Mason Greenwood soon followed, but none could breach the Turkish champions, who have reignited their chances of progressing from the Group H, thanks largely to Alexandru Epureanu hooking a loose ball off the line in injury time.

 

Mikel Arteta is impressed at the depth and quality of Manchester United's attacking options ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with their old rivals on Sunday.

Arsenal, who have lost their last two Premier League matches, travel to Old Trafford looking for a first away top-flight win over United since 2006.

Arteta acknowledges the high level of performance shown by Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer towards the end of last season.

United have since added Paris Saint-Germain great Edinson Cavani to the mix and defeated RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League last time out, with Odion Ighalo another option.

"They create really good relationships and they are all very different," Arteta said about United's forwards.

"They glide together, have really good understanding and chemistry on the pitch. You can see that.

"They can play two or three different formations – they have been changing some things because of the opponents, because of the quality of players they have and sometimes to change the game in certain moments.

"We have to be prepared for that because they have that adaptability. They have a big squad and up front they have a lot of options to do different things."

United have won eight of their last 13 home league games against the Gunners, drawing the other five since that last defeat 14 years ago.

Arteta continued: "I want to believe we are getting closer to getting the win there.

"For sure our mindset is going to be to go there and win. That is the approach we are going to have and the gameplay we're going to put in place."

Arsenal did beat United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in January, so Arteta is looking to become just the second manager in the club's history to win both of their first two games against the Red Devils, after Herbert Chapman in 1925-26.

He will hope for improved displays from his captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has gone five league matches without a goal for the first time since November 2014, when he played for Borussia Dortmund.

Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score a quickfire hat-trick as Manchester United claimed back-to-back Champions League wins with a 5-0 hammering of RB Leipzig.

Mason Greenwood scored his first goal in the competition to give United the lead in the first half with a fine finish from a tight angle at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

But it was fellow striker Rashford, a 63rd-minute substitute, who left his mark on the game after twice breaking clear of the Leipzig finish and finishing emphatically.

Anthony Martial was on target from the penalty spot before Rashford put the gloss on the scoreline with another goal late on.

The victory leaves United top of Group H on six points, three clear of Leipzig and Paris Saint-German, who were 2-0 winners over Istanbul Basaksehir.

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