Photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger all smiles ahead of Man United v PSV
Bastian Schweinsteiger can't wait for Man United's clash against PSV
Bastian Schweinsteiger was all smiles as the Manchester United midfielder trained ahead of the visit of PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils warmed up for their penultimate Champions League group-stage clash with a 2-1 victory over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
Louis van Gaal’s side, who are second in the Premier League table, can qualify for the Champions League knockout phase if United beat PSV at Old Trafford.
Unsurprisingly, Schweinsteiger was in good spirits ahead of the European clash after he played a key role in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) November 23, 2015
Schweinsteiger won the Champions League with Bayern Munich at Wembley in 2013.
Man United v PSV Eindhoven: Match facts
• Group B leaders United will progress to the knockout stage with victory, though PSV will have other ideas as they seek the win that could take them top of the section instead.
• For United’s Memphis Depay, the match is a reunion with the club he left in the summer while it also gives visiting tactician Phillip Cocu a chance to pit his wits against Louis van Gaal, his former coach with Barcelona and the Netherlands.
• Depay’s 41st-minute opener on matchday one was swiftly cancelled out by Hector Moreno. Luciano Narsingh’s second-half goal sealed a 2-1 win for the Eredvisie outfit.
• PSV shrugged off an early Paul Scholes penalty to beat United 3-1 at home in the first group stage in 2000/01, Wilfred Bouma, Mark van Bommel and Mateja Kežman scoring.
• United turned the tables with a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford, where Scholes and Dwight Yorke struck late goals after Van Bommel had equalised a Teddy Sheringham strike. Ryan Giggs, now Van Gaal’s assistant manager, played in both matches for United, who ended up qualifying in second place, a point above PSV.
• United also got the better of PSV in the 1984/85 Uefa Cup second round, Gordon Strachan’s extra-time goal at Old Trafford securing a 1-0 aggregate win.
The Germany international moved to the 20-time English champions in a £6.7m deal from Bayern in the summer.