The 2013/14 season has been a turbulent one for Manchester United manager David Moyes and with his team facing problems both on the pitch and at the airport, (The United team plane had to abort its landing after facing difficulties) he will be hoping for the win which could free up some pressure.
With the knockout stage of the Champions League just one win away and his team looking inconsistent in the Premier league, Moyes will hope that his Red Devils can get the job done tonight against Bayer Leverkusen despite missing two of his most influential players.
Striker Robin Van Persie, did not travel with his United teammates to Germany as he recovers from a groin injury and having missed the 2-2 draw with Cardiff on Sunday, Moyes will be keen to see the Dutch international fully fit once more.
Talking to the press Moyes said: “Robin isn't quite ready yet.
“It's not long-term, but we're going to keep monitoring him.”
United will also be without their captain Nemanja Vidic, who has been a noticeable absentee in the past, his power and leadership are two of the assets that were visibly missing in the game with Cardiff and the sooner he returns for the squad the better.
Vidic who is continuing to recover from the concussion he suffered during his sides 1-0 victory over Arsenal two weeks ago, was thought to be very close to a return and pictures yesterday showed him training with the first team, but Moyes is keen to protect his first choice centre back and therefore the Serbian international was ruled out of the fixture in Germany late yesterday.
Moyes added: “We just want to give every opportunity to Vida [to recover from concussion].”
A win over Leverkusen for United who currently sit top of Group A would ensure their qualification for the knockout stage.
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