Tuesday 21 November 2017

Manchester United key battles

Old Trafford is bracing itself for another 'Battle of Britain' as Scottish champions Rangers head south to face Manchester United in the opening match of this season's Champions League group phase.

A meeting with the team he supported as a boy and eventually played for is always an occasion to relish for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the key battles that will decide where the match could be won and lost.

Wayne Rooney v David Weir

Currently the most talked-about United player is also their most dangerous. Aside from his off-field issues, Rooney looks like he is hitting form, which could be bad news for Rangers' veteran defender, who must try to stop him.

Darren Fletcher v Steve Davis

Scotland's enforcer against one of the best in Scotland. If Davis can succeed in shackling United's midfield, Rangers have a chance of springing a shock. More likely, Fletcher will subdue the minimal threat the Glaswegians do pose and allow United to march on.

Rio Ferdinand v Kenny Miller

Miller has form against United, scoring the winner for Wolves in 2003. He also bagged the winner for his club at Hamilton on Saturday so will head south with confidence. But Ferdinand needs to make up for lost time after so long out and will want to help keep a clean sheet.

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