Manchester United head into final UEFA Champions League group-stage match knowing a win could see the Reds finish top of Group H.
The boss will be hoping for a similar performance to the one his side produced on Saturday, when the Reds cruised to a 4-1 win against Fulham at Old Trafford.
Key Match Details
Match: Valencia vs Manchester United
Date: 12th Dec 2018 | Kick-Off: 9:00 PM (WAT)
Referee: Georgi Kabakov
Assistants: Martin Margaritov & Diyan Valkov
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov
Additional Assistant: Nikola Popov & Stanislav Todorov
Manchester United and Juventus are guaranteed to finish in the top two spots in Group H but the winner of the group is yet to be determined. If United win and Juventus fail to beat Young Boys away from home, the Reds will top the group having scored more goals in the sides’ head-to-head fixtures.
Fact You Need To Know
If Manchester United win at the Mestalla, it will be the first time since 2010 that United have won all three away games in the Champions League group stage. On that occasion, we topped a group containing Valencia, Rangers and Bursaspor.
However, a win for the Italian side will ensure they finish in first place. Valencia know they will be third and play in the Europa League in the New Year, regardless of the result on Wednesday. Likewise, Young Boys will definitely finish bottom of the table.
Manchester United Team News
The Reds could be without several first-team players for Wednesday’s game. Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial missed Saturday’s win over Fulham through injury, while Chris Smalling was replaced in the second half with an apparent injury.
The manager could give an update on the fitness of his squad during Tuesday’s pre-match press conference, which you can watch live on MUTV.
Jose has already confirmed that Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira will feature at the Mestalla, while Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez are set to be absent again.
Valencia Team News
Los Che could be without Gabriel Paulista for the match. The former Arsenal defender was forced off with a hamstring problem in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla and is unlikely to feature.
Gabriel joins team-mates Jeison Murillo and Kevin Gameiro on the sidelines for Valencia. Full-back Jose Gaya is also unavailable as he serves a one-match European ban.
What to know about the Referee
Bulgarian official Georgi Kabakov will take charge of his first-ever Champions League group-stage match on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old will lead a team of Bulgarian officials including assistants Martin Margaritov and Diyan Valkov, fourth official Georgi Todorov and additional assistant referees Nikola Popov and Stanislav Todorov.
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