Photo: Man United duo Anthony Martial and Juan Mata head to Wolfsburg

Anthony Martial takes to Instagram ahead of Manchester United's flight to Wolfsburg on Monday afternoon

Anthony Martial and Juan Mata were in no mood to joke about as Manchester United jetted off to Germany ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash.

The Red Devils need to beat Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg to be assured of their place in the Champions League knockout phase after a difficult group stage for Louis van Gaal’s side.

United have been struggling in the Champions League and the Premier League in recent weeks after scoring a disappointing six goals in their last nine games in all competitions.

Martial has failed to find the net since United’s 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow in Russia in October, whilst the France international hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since 20 September.

So it was no surprise that Martial struggled to break into a smile as he joined Mata and David De Gea ahead of Monday afternoon’s flight to Germany.

Wolfsburg ✈️

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United are in third place and three points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Wolfsburg v Man United: Match facts

• United missed the chance to secure their place in the round of 16 when held 0-0 by PSV on match day five.

• The Old Trafford team last fell at this hurdle in 2011/12 after a 2-1 defeat at FC Basel 1893 on match day six. David de Gea, Phil Jones, Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young all played in that match on 7 December 2011.

• United are still looking for their first away victory in Group B (D1 L1) but did win 4-0 at Club Brugge KV in the play-offs.

• Their overall away record against sides from Germany is W5 D4 L5.

The Red Devils played out a goalless draw with West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

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