Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United preview: 5 key battles

Sami Hyypia

HITC preview Wednesday's Champions League match-up between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United. Bayer have recently gone second in the league with their impressive performances, while Manchester United had Moyes pulling his hair out on Sunday.

1): Sami Hyypia V David Moyes

The former Liverpool player turned manager goes up against the former Everton supremo in what should be a good battle of whits. The multi-award winning player has found the step into management a doddle and can boast a win percentage over 60% from his first year and a half in the job. The pressure will certainly be on the Manchester United man to pull-out all the stops to get the win in germany, but it will be far from straight forward. 

2): Stefan Kießling V Jonny Evans 

The Northern Ireland defender will be in for a tricky night against one of the form strikers in Europe. Stefan Kießling has been the main man under Hyypia's reign and after scoring the winner against Berlin on Saturday, he will be hungry for more goals. Manchester United defensively will be left frustrated after conceding a late goal, especially in the manner it happened. Bayer are currently the best attacking side in the group, while Manchester United are the best defensive side - it is set up to be an interesting one.

3): Omer Toprak V Wayne Rooney

The Turkish international will be the man on duty to stop the in-form England striker, and will need to be at his very best to get to grips with him. Wayne Rooney was the tireless worker against Cardiff and was left frustrated by his team-mates inabilities to reap the rewards of his hard-work. Wayne will be his ever-present hardworking self, as he looks to be United's spark in the match.

4): Heung-Min Son V Patrice Evra 

The experienced full-back will have to be on his game to stop the impressive 21-year-old South Korean international. The young winger put himself in the shop window the other week with an emphatic hat-trick against Hamburg. Manchester United are reportedly one of the teams keen on the youngster, but for the time being will need to figure a way of keeping tabs on him in the game Wednesday.

5): Lars Bender V Tom Cleverley 

The German international Bender will go up against the United midfielder, in what could prove to be the key battle of the match. Lars Bender has been rumoured to be the talk of a big money move to Arsenal. You have to fancy Bender to win this one on current form, but United's options are very limited.

Who do you think will do well during the game on Wednesday? And Can Manchester United win on German soil? 

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