Photo: Bastian Schweinsteiger sends message to Man United fans ahead of PSV clash
Bastian Schweinsteiger promises Man United will do their utmost to reach knockout stage
Bastian Schweinsteiger has promised Manchester United supporters that the Red Devils squad will do their utmost to reach the Champions League knockout stage.
The 20-time English champions host PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday night with three points sufficient to send the Red Devils into the last 16.
Schweinsteiger has started all four of United’s Champions League group-stage games so far after he moved to the Red Devils in a £6.7m deal from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
The Germany international posted the above Instagram snap and wrote the following caption: “In front of our home crowd we’ll do our utmost to reach the round of 16 after tonight’s game. #UCL #mufc”
Schweinsteiger was criticised by United legend Paul Scholes on Tuesday ahead of the Red Devils’s clash against PSV tonight.
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 World Cup winner has made 18 appearances in all competitions this term.