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Manchester United travel to Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen in the fifth group game of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-Off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD.


The Bundesliga club are in brilliant form in the league and have leapfrogged Borussia Dortmund into second place following a brilliant run of results. A win here for Sam Hyypia's men will propel them to the top of the group, ahead of United and give them an opportunity to qualify as group toppers if they beat Real Sociedad in their last game. Bayer are unbeaten in their last nine games at home and will be looking to continue their run against United who have not been at their very best off late.

However, the Germans will be wary of the fact that their last loss on the road was against the Red Devils when they suffered a 4-2 drubbing at Old Trafford in September. The players have come a long way since then and will be a different side to the one that lost away from home. The only problem that Bayer have is the absence of winger Sidney Sam, who has scored 11 goals thus far. The player had to be substituted four minutes into their game against Hertha before being substituted with a thigh injury.

United have not been in bad form themselves, unbeaten in their last 10 games including wins against league leaders Arsenal before the last international break. However, they come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Cardiff City, a less than perfect preparation for a crucial Champions League fixture. The Red Devils, who have been less than brilliant this season will be desperate to top the group under the management of David Moyes, failing which will pose a major question on his ability.

What the Managers Say

Sami Hyypia: "Many people have asked me - 'Where would I want to manage?' There are two special places for me; I was at Liverpool for 10 years so that would be great. That doesn't mean it's a target - but it would be something special. And I come from Finland - and the Finnish national coach is the biggest job there. It's also not a target but it would be great."

David Moyes: "When I first saw the group my first feeling was the game away at Shakhtar would be a real tough game and it proved to be that. This is our last away game now and as it stands Leverkusen are in good form and in good shape in the group themselves, so we know we're going to have a game on our hands."

Form Guide

Bayer Leverkusen

    • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W D L W
    • Last Result: Hertha 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United

    • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): D W D W W
    • Last Result: Cardiff City 2-2 Manchester United