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Wolfsburg vs Manchester United: what to expect ahead of this massive game?

Manchester United’s Champions League hopes hang in the balance as they travel to take on Wolfsburg in an intense European game tonight. Odds are such that if Louis Van Gaal’s team do not better CSKA Moscow’s result on the night, they will be knocked out of the competition. With such fine margins stacked ahead of the fixture, we take a look at the key things to look ahead of the game, which would eventually decide the game.

Full back options for Louis Van Gaal – With Marcos Rojo ruled out for next 3-4 weeks and Luke Shaw’s long-term injury, Van Gaal has very little option at the moment when it comes to the full-back areas. Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Daley Blind are the only fit options for Manchester United, and Van Gaal will need to make a tough call ahead of the crucial game against Wolfsburg.

Possible game-changers for Man United – In games like these, Manchester United are used to having match winners like Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, in recent times, individual brilliance has been a distant figure at Old Trafford. Tonight, all the eyes will be on Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay to deliver the goods for Van Gaal and dictate the game for Red Devils.

Possession or penetration for Van Gaal – We have been over this thing again and again in recent times as Manchester United’s pedestrian approach continues to frustrate everyone associated with the club. However, against Wolfsburg, one gets the feeling that the same approach will be needed to frustrate Wolfsburg and invite them to attack United. That will be the time when, United can hit the Germans on the counter attack.

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