Fresh off a 3-3 away draw at Bayern Munich that saw RB Leipzig take the lead twice, the German outfit will feel confident they can give Manchester United a better game than the 5-0 drubbing in the reverse fixture – Leipzig’s worst ever European result. Much rides on them successfully gaining revenge too, as only a win can guarantee they progress to the UEFA Champions League (UCL) knockouts.
A 100% record at home in all competitions this term (W7) is exceptional form to bring into this clash, and includes Leipzig netting in both halves in six of those wins. More good news exists for the hosts as they won their only previous European home match against an English side – that was a 3-0 HT/FT win against Tottenham in March of this year.
Considering Leipzig’s 100% home record, and what’s at stake, any other season might have them as clear favourites here. However, they face a Man United side that is breaking records away from home this term, and that’s won all five opening top-flight away games for the first time since 1985/86, doing so despite conceding the opener every time – an unheard-of achievement in Premier League history.
Just a draw will guarantee Man United progress to the knockout stages, although that’s a result the three-time European champions haven’t registered in any of their last seven UCL away games (W4, L3). That includes a pair of 2-1 scorelines this term (W1, L1) which saw the winner on the day lead at HT.
Leipzig 2-1 Manchester United