Phil Neville: How Man United can beat Wolfsburg

The former Manchester United defender gives the Red Devils some tactical advice

Phil Neville says Manchester United must hit Wolfsburg on the counter-attack if Louis van Gaal’s side want to beat the Bundesliga outfit.

The Red Devils face Wolfsburg in their first Champions League group-stage game at Old Trafford this season after a 2-1 defeat by Eredivisie holders PSV Eindhoven in their group opener earlier this month.

If United break well with pace and take their chances, I see them winning

Phil Neville

Bayern Munich were emphatic 5-1 winners against the Wolves earlier this month as striker Robert Lewandowski scored a staggering five goals in nine second-half minutes.

And Neville, who is currently coaching at La Liga side Valencia, urged United to follow Bayern’s example and hit their German opponents on the break at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Neville wrote on BreatheSport: “United have put a good run together in the league & have started to find balance.

“Wolfsburg will want to show they can play football, so it’s important United are patient.

“The visitors played well against Bayern last week and ended up losing 5-1, so if United break well with pace and take their chances, I see them winning.

“Last night should remind both United & City that they can’t be complacent.”

United’s overall home record against sides from Germany is won eight, drawn four and lost two.

This is the first time United have entered their second game of a Champions League campaign without a point since 1996-97, when they started with a 1-0 loss at Juventus.

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Draxler was in the Schalke side beaten by United in the 2010-11 Champions League semi-finals.

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