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Valencia v Manchester United - Preview and possible lineups

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Pin Mourinho is expected to make changes for the trip to Spain. EFE
Mourinho is expected to make changes for the trip to Spain. EFE

Valencia v Manchester United - Preview and possible lineups

Matt Morley by Matt Morley @rfutbol - 0 3,468

We take a look ahead to Wednesday night's Champions League Group H clash between Valencia and Manchester United at the Mestalla.

TEAM NEWS:

Valencia: The hosts are expected to rest several of their key men for this one due to having nothing to play for, with Gonçalo Guedes and Gabriel Paulista among those left out of the traveling party. Defender Jose Luis Gaya is suspended, whilst Kevin Gameiro (groin) and Jeison Murillo (ankle) both remain unavailable.

Manchester United: Defender Eric Bailly could be involved after returning to training this week, though Chris Smalling, Diogo Dalot, Luke shaw, Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial are all major doubts after missing training on Tuesday. Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez will both miss the game due to hamstring problems. Youngster James Garner will start on the bench.

WHO IS SAYING WHAT?

Valencia boss Marcelino on his side's priorities:

"I am as strong, convinced and excited as I was on my first day here, if not more. But obviously when you do not win you cannot be so happy, it would be irresponsible if there was no self-assessment. The word surrender is not in my vocabulary. I'm not going to give up.

"This is a game we did not want to play, with hopes of qualifying over. Having sealed a place in the UEFA Europa League, and given our Liga situation, the priority has to be the match against Eibar [on Saturday]. At the same time, it's a Champions League match and they are never meaningless."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on what he hopes to see from Paul Pogba: 

"I'm looking for him to play well and to have a good impact in the game and a good impact in the team, a team with many players that don't have many miles in their legs.

"I hope that people like Paul and a couple of others that are normally in the team, and have the miles that players need to be at a good level, can have a good impact in the team."

FORM:

Did you know?

This will be the eighth time the two sides have faced each other in the Champions League, with Manchester United having never lost (W2, D5, L0).

There have been just five goals in the last six competitive metting between the two sides.

Valencia have lost four of the last six Champions Legaue home games.

'Los Che' have failed to score in six of their last eight Champions League games.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS:

Valencia: Neto; Wass, Garay, Vezo, Lato; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev; Mina, Batshuayi.

Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Bailly, Rojo, Young; Herrera, McTominay, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.

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