Manchester United latest: Including Bayer Leverkusen and Januzaj

Bayer Leverkusen

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Manchester United take on Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford this evening in manager David Moyes’ first outing in the Champions League with the English champions.

Moyes pledged he ‘do everything to win it’ discussing his continental ambitions for the campaign which he insists he is ‘delighted’ to undertake this term.

“I have always wanted to get to the Champions League,” he said.

“I did everything I possibly could at Everton to reach it and I couldn’t quite make that happen. Now, at Manchester United I am going to do everything I possibly can to win it.”

In team news, Phil Jones remains out with an ankle injury, and Rafael is also unlikely to feature.

However, Wayne Rooney is expected to play – possibly sporting his protective headgear as he did on Saturday against the Eagles, although it is possible Shinji Kagawa could come into the side ahead of the England number 10 and Marouane Fellaini is expected to start after his debut off the bench this weekend.

The predicted line-up as of this evening is:

De Gea – Evra – Vidic – Ferdinand – Fabio – Carrick – Fellaini – Giggs – Valencia – Rooney – Van Persie

Ex-Liverpool captain Sami Hypia is Bayer Leverkusen’s coach, incidentally, and the Finnish coach will be hopeful of making David Moyes’ Champions League debut ‘difficult’ as the M.E.N. discuss here.

A preview of tonight’s game can be found here via

In transfer news, United legend Teddy Sherringham believes United should have signed Mesut Ozil instead of Marouane Fellaini this summer after Arsenal’s record-breaking signing made his debut on Saturday.

"Out of Fellaini and Özil you would really want Özil to be your playmaker," he told Absolute Radio.

"I think Fellaini is too similar in a way to Michael Carrick, but I love Michael Carrick as a player, he makes things tick.

"It makes you think, 'where is Fellaini going to play?' If you spend 28 million on someone you’d expect them to be playing," added the former England striker.

Meanwhile, ‘wonder-kid’ Adnan Januzaj will sign a long-term contract with United, snubbing Manchester City according to David Moyes.

The youngster featured and impressed in United 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“I am confident he will sign a new contract here,” Moyes said, ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen tonight.

In other news, United youngster Jesse Lingard impressed in the U21’s 4-1 victory over Bolton.

Finally, a research study has revealed that United supporters eat the most takeaways.

According to the survey conducted by Diet Chef, 52% of United fans eat three takeaways a week, whilst 48% of Chelsea fans drink during matches, and 35% of West Ham fans smoke on match-days.

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