Is a blockbuster swap deal on the horizon?

Paul Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United, and Juventus are believed to be keen on re-signing the Frenchman.

Juve's Paulo Dybala could be used as a makeweight to prise Pogba back to Turin, where he played between 2012 and 2016.

 

TOP STORY – DYBALA OUT, POGBA IN AT JUVE?

Juventus want to swap Paulo Dybala for wantaway Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to Tuttomercatoweb journalist Tancredi Palmeri.

Pogba appears set to leave United after his agent stated the star midfielder's time at Old Trafford was "over" prior to Tuesday's Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig.

The World Cup-winning France international has been heavily linked with a return to Juve, while LaLiga champions Real Madrid are long-term admirers.

But Juve – looking to re-sign Pogba without paying a transfer fee in January – hope to tempt United with attacker Dybala, who has also been linked to Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.

 

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- Diario AS claims Madrid are set to choose between Pogba and Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga. Los Blancos head coach Zinedine Zidane prefers Pogba, while president Florentino Perez would rather Camavinga move to the Santiago Bernabeu due to the difference in salary demands. United and PSG are also believed to be eyeing Camavinga.

Juventus, Milan and Atletico Madrid are looking to sign Lazio's Joaquin Correa, reports Calciomercato. It will reportedly take between €50m-€55million to prise Correa away from the Italian capital.

- According to Calciomercato, Serie A duo Milan and Juve are battling Barcelona to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken responsibility for Manchester United's Champions League elimination, admitting his side failed to play as a team in their 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig.

United – who only required a draw to reach the last 16 – fell behind inside 109 seconds and were two down with 13 minutes on the clock as they struggled to adapt to a tweaked five-man back-line on Tuesday.

Angelino scored the opener and the Manchester City loanee set up Amadou Haidara for the second goal, before Justin Kluivert's clipped finish gave last season's semi-finalists further breathing space.

Solskjaer's United rallied late on thanks to Bruno Fernandes' penalty and substitute Paul Pogba's header in the space of 135 seconds, but they could not find the equaliser needed to send them through.

Despite skipper Harry Maguire absolving Solskjaer of any blame for his choice of tactics, instead pointing the finger at United's poor defending for all three goals, the Norwegian held his hands up for the costly loss.

"I look back and look at this season and look at the players and actually admire them for being as ready as they are at times," Solskjaer said during his post-match news conference.

"Today, it didn't work for us. It is a difficult season, there are difficult circumstances this year and we were up for it. And the character and effort I can't fault.

"We didn't perform as a team well enough and that's always the manager's responsibility, to get everyone ready.

"We knew they were going to come at us, we knew they were going to put crosses in the box and unfortunately we conceded two goals and never got going."

Leipzig were given a scare at the Red Bull Arena, requiring a reaction stop from Peter Gulacsi in the final seconds to prevent Nordi Mukiele from putting the ball into his own net and making it 3-3.

Bundesliga high-flyers Leipzig are now in Monday's draw for the knockout phase and head coach Julian Nagelsmann praised his players for digging deep to advance along with Paris Saint-Germain.

"It was really intense at the end, but we played a good game for long spells," he said. "The players implemented our plan well, especially in the first half. 

"The boys fought hard. I said before the game that they are machines and they showed that again tonight."

Nagelsmann was unhappy with United's two goals, claiming Ibrahima Konate's challenge on Mason Greenwood should not have resulted in a penalty, moments before Pogba's header deflected in off the body of Maguire.

"We should not concede the penalty - we have to defend it better," he said. "But for me it's not a mandatory penalty - it's a normal duel in the box. 

"On the second goal, I also believe that Maguire's hand went to the ball. I've seen four perspectives and it's hard to see, but I think it was handball and shouldn't have counted either, though it doesn't matter now."

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said an inability to defend, and not manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics, is to blame for the Red Devils crashing out of the Champions League.

United required only a draw from Tuesday's trip to RB Leipzig to advance to the last 16 of the competition but were beaten 3-2 by last season's semi-finalists at the Red Bull Arena.

Solskjaer went with a five-man defence – a formation last used in the 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in October – and United found themselves two goals down inside 13 minutes, both goals coming from simple crosses.

Only against Juventus in April 1999 have United been 2-0 down earlier in a Champions League match (11 minutes), with on-loan Manchester City defender Angelino scoring the first and setting up the second for Amadou Haidara.

Justin Kluivert added a third for Leipzig and, despite Bruno Fernandes scoring a penalty and substitute Paul Pogba heading in late on, the visitors fell short in Germany.

Maguire insisted the players have to take full responsibility for the defeat, which condemned United to Europa League football in the second half of the season, having reached the semi-finals of the competition last term.

"We started the game too slow," he told BT Sport. "It wasn't good enough. The first 20 minutes we weren't at it. They put two balls in the box and we failed to deal with them.

"We have to look at ourselves. We gave ourselves too much to do. You've seen how close we came at the end but we started too slow and we can't keep falling behind.

"We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial and we said it again tonight. They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. 

"The third goal proved to be the crucial one but even three down we came close at the end. I don't want to look at excuses. 

"We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That's the basics. If you can't defend crosses you're going to lose games. I don't want to look at shape - it's not an excuse."

Leipzig will join French champions PSG in the knockout stages, with United third and Istanbul Basaksehir fourth.

"It's a tough group but we felt we should get through," Maguire said. "That's the standards of this club. 

"I'm gutted for everyone. We worked so hard to reach this competition last season. No matter what group we got it would be tough. We have to do more."

United have trailed in all five of their away Premier League games this season and gone on to win each of them, having rallied past West Ham 3-1 on Saturday.

However, this latest European defeat has once again increased the pressure on Solskjaer and the Norwegian conceded his side are giving themselves too much to do.

"We started too late," he said. "We showed great spirit and come back again. It's different to the Premier League - you can't give a team a three-goal lead and expect to come back. 

"We were unlucky towards the end and you almost thought it was in at the last minute there. Of course you can't say we were good enough, we weren't."

Solskjaer has lost six of his 10 Champions League games as United boss – the most of any manager in the competition after 10 matches while in charge of an English club.
 
And the under-fire United manager pinpointed last month's shambolic 2-1 away loss to Basaksehir as the turning point in his side's Group H campaign.

"It was a difficult group. The big defeat for us was the one away to Istanbul - that's where we lost the points we should have had," he said.

"Today we were close but we knew we had to defend crosses and balls into the box and we just couldn't clear them.

"As a footballer you can't feel sorry for yourself. You feel sorry for a few minutes tonight and then we focus on a massive game on Saturday."

Bruno Fernandes scored his 13th penalty for Manchester United, though it was not enough to inspire the Red Devils to a comeback in the Champions League.

United slumped to a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig on Tuesday, having needed to avoid a loss in order to progress from Group H.

Paris Saint-Germain's match with Istanbul Basaksehir was delayed due to allegations of racism from a UEFA official, but last season's runners up will join Leipzig in the last 16.

Angelino, Amadou Haidara and Justin Kluivert gave Leipzig a 3-0 lead, yet Ibrahima Konate's foul on Mason Greenwood handed United – who have conceded three goals in consecutive Champions League games for the first time since April 2003 – a lifeline.

Fernandes duly sent Peter Gulacsi the wrong way to net his 13th spot-kick in all competitions since making his debut for the club in February, with only former United forward and fellow Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo – who scored twice from 12 yards in Juventus' 3-0 win at Barcelona, able to match that tally across Europe's top five leagues.

The 26-year-old Fernandes has scored seven Premier League goals in total this season, with three coming from the spot – he has missed one penalty in the English top flight in 2020-21.

Fernandes also struck a penalty in a 2-1 win over PSG in October. Ronaldo, meanwhile, had converted two spot-kicks in Serie A this season prior to his double against Lionel Messi's Barca.

Paul Pogba, starting on the bench amid speculation over his future following comments from his agent Mino Raiola, came on and made a great impact, with United's second goal arriving just 135 seconds after their first when the France international bundled in at the back post.

Pogba's header appeared to strike Harry Maguire on its way in, but VAR was unable to distinguish whether it had hit the United captain's hand or head, and the goal stood.

United midfielder Pogba almost turned the match completely on its head in the closing moments, when his low cross deflected goalwards off Konate, but Gulacsi reacted to make the save which sent Leipzig through and condemned United to a place in the Europa League.

Fernandes thrived in UEFA's second-tier club competition last term, scoring three penalties and providing one assist as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side reached the semi-finals.

RB Leipzig held off a dramatic late fightback from Manchester United at the Red Bull Arena to win 3-2 and qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League at their opponents' expense.

United won the reverse fixture 5-0 in October and only needed a point on Tuesday to advance from a tight Group H but found themselves two goals down inside 13 minutes.

Manchester City loanee Angelino fired in an early opener for Leipzig and then set up Amadou Haidara as the hosts took apart United's five-man defence with ease.

Justin Kluivert added a third but Bruno Fernandes' penalty and substitute Paul Pogba's header 135 seconds later – credited as a Harry Maguire goal – gave the visitors hope.

But last season's semi-finalists Leipzig held on to move a point above their opponents and progress, with Paris Saint-Germain – whose game with Istanbul Basaksehir was halted due to allegations of racist remarks by the fourth official – also now set to qualify.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the decision to start Paul Pogba on the bench in Manchester United's crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig was made "way before" the game.

Pogba starred in a 3-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, but was left out of the team for the meeting with Bundesliga side Leipzig on Tuesday after his agent, Mino Raiola, claimed he is unhappy at United and should be sold in the next transfer window.

The outspoken Raiola told Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport that Pogba could return to Juventus as he needs "a change of air".

His comments come at a crucial juncture for United, who need to take at least a point from their game against Leipzig to qualify for the last 16, with Manchester City up next in the Premier League.

Pogba, who has made 13 appearances in all competitions so far this season, was one of five changes made by Solskjaer, who was adamant the switch had been planned in advance.

"My decision is tactical," Solskjaer told BT Sport. "That's the only thing. We made a team decision way before this game.

"We decided on Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in midfield before the West Ham game. You always think about the best for the 11."

Asked what impact Raiola's comments have had, Solskjaer added: "Nothing. You prepare for every game as if it's your last one. We've got City on Saturday. That doesn't matter – this is the one for us now."

Yet it could hardly have gone worse for United in the opening stages in Germany, as Leipzig raced into a 2-0 lead by the 13th minute.

On loan from City, Angelino drilled in a fine opener inside two minutes – the earliest United have conceded in the Champions League since going behind to Sporting Braga after one minute and 27 seconds in October 2012.

The returning David de Gea was beaten again 11 minutes later, when Angelino crossed in for Amadou Haidara to volley home.

Angelino, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Leipzig and has thrived as a wing-back, has had a hand in six goals in six Champions League appearances this season, scoring three and assisting an equal amount. 

Only against Juventus in the famous semi-final of April 1999 have United been 0-2 down earlier in a Champions League match, with the Red Devils coming back to win 3-2 in Turin.

Willi Orban then tapped in a third, but the goal was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

Paul Pogba was dropped from the Manchester United starting line-up for Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig.

The midfielder started the 3-1 Premier League win at West Ham on Saturday, scoring his side's first goal as they came from behind to take all three points at London Stadium.

However, Pogba was left out of the team for the trip to the Bundesliga side just a day after his agent, Mino Raiola, claimed he is unhappy at United and should be sold in the next transfer window.

The outspoken Raiola told Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport that Pogba could return to Juventus as he needs "a change of air".

The France international, whose season has been impacted by injury and struggles with coronavirus, has made 13 appearances in all competitions in 2020-21.

Pogba was one of five changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the win at West Ham, with David de Gea and Luke Shaw returning from injury to feature, the latter set to make his 150th appearance for the club.

Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford were also recalled to the starting XI.

United need a draw to guarantee their place in the last 16, while Leipzig need a win to progress.

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Konate, Orban, Angelino; Sabitzer (c), Haidara, Kampl; Nkunku, Forsberg; Olmo.

Subs: Tschauner, Martinez, Y.Poulsen, Adams, Sorloth, Kluivert, Halstenberg, Martel, Wosz.

 

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw, Telles; Matic, McTominay, Fernandes; Rashford, Greenwood.

Subs: Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Williams, James, Lingard, Mata, Pogba, van de Beek, Ighalo.

There is still lots to play for on matchday six as the Champions League group stage draws to its conclusion.

Barcelona and Juventus are already through but Tuesday should see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face off once again, the latter looking to end a dry spell in front of goal against the Catalans.

Kylian Mbappe is another star enduring a comparatively rotten run when it comes to goalscoring, but Istanbul Basaksehir could represent ideal opponents for the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

Elsewhere in a finely poised Group H, RB Leipzig host Manchester United in a critical game for both – and one where Marcus Rashford could earn a slice of history.

Barcelona v Juventus: Can Ronaldo end barren run against Catalans?

This match will be the sixth time Messi and Ronaldo have met in the Champions League and the first since May 2011, the former leading 3-0 in terms of goals scored in those contests.

Indeed, while he has hit 15 goals in his past 20 appearances against Barca in all competitions, Ronaldo has played more Champions League matches (five) against the Catalans without scoring than he has against any other opponent.

Barca, who need only avoid defeat to make sure they win the group, are unbeaten in four Champions League meetings with Juve and have not lost at home to the Bianconeri since April 2003.

In fact, Juve have gone four games without scoring against Ronald Koeman's side. Since Giorgio Chiellini's goal in a 3-0 victory back in April 2017, they have gone 395 minutes without finding the net against Barca.

 

Chelsea v Krasnodar: Why Lampard's side are so hard to beat

With first place in Group E already secure, Frank Lampard will have the luxury of rotating his line-up for the visit of Krasnodar to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have won all five previous games against Russian teams in the Champions League by an aggregate score of 13-1, and if they can continue that 100 per cent record, they will record their highest points tally (16) for a single group stage.

The Blues have proven seriously tricky opponents to breach this term. They are the only side yet to face an Opta-defined 'Direct Attack' in the 2020-21 Champions League – a sequence that starts in a team's own half and finishes with either a shot or a touch inside the box, with at least 50 per cent of the movement going towards the opposition goal. They also boast a goalkeeper in Edouard Mendy who has the best save percentage (93.8) of any keeper to play in at least three games in this season's competition.

Having scored four goals against Sevilla last time out, Olivier Giroud could well be given another chance to impress. The striker has five goals from six shots on target this term and has scored at least 10 more goals than any team-mate since the start of 2018-19 (16 goals in total). Only Didier Drogba (36) and Frank Lampard (25) have got more for the club in European competition outside of qualifying rounds.

Paris Saint-Germain v Istanbul Basaksehir: Mbappe desperate to end goal drought

Their 3-1 win at Manchester United last time out means Paris Saint-Germain know a win over Istanbul Basaksehir will see them finish top of a seriously competitive Group H.

They have won five of their previous six home games in the competition and kept a clean sheet in all those victories, so Thomas Tuchel will surely fancy his side's chances, especially since Basaksehir could become just the ninth side in history to concede at least four goals in three games running.

Mbappe will certainly hope to be on the scoresheet. The striker, who reached 100 goals in all competitions for PSG at the weekend, has failed to score in his past nine Champions League games, attempting 27 shots in that run with an Expected Goals total of just 3.9.

PSG will need to be wary of Edin Visca, though. The winger has carried the ball 1,264 metres in the group stage, second only to Bayern Munich's David Alaba (1,465).

RB Leipzig v Manchester United: Rashford could unlock pressing machine

Manchester United thrashed RB Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford but they have lost their previous two Champions League away games against German sides, going down 3-1 to Bayern Munich in April 2014 and 3-2 to Wolfsburg five years ago.

With Leipzig having won three home games in a row in Europe with just one goal conceded, they will feel confident of avenging that previous loss and inflicting upon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a sixth defeat in 11 Champions League games, which would represent the worst return for a manager of an English club.

Leipzig's pressing intensity is renowned: they have allowed opponents an average of 8.4 passes before a defensive intervention, the lowest number of any team in 2020-21.

Still, they must beware the United counter-attack and, in particular, Marcus Rashford. The England star has scored three goals following a ball carry this season, the most of any player, and is attempting to become the first Englishman to hit six goals in a single Champions League group stage.

 

Other fixtures:

Lazio v Club Brugge

1  – If Lazio avoid defeat, they will remain unbeaten in a Champions League group stage for the first time since 1999-00, while this will also be the first time they have reached the knockout stages of the competition since that campaign.

3  – Club Brugge are looking to win consecutive Champions League games for the first time since November 2005. However, they have never won three games in a single Champions League group stage before.

 

Dynamo Kiev v Ferencvaros

16  – Dynamo Kiev (13) and Ferencvaros (12.4) have the largest Expected Goals Against figures amongst the sides in the Champions League this season, with Ferencvaros conceding more goals than any other team (16).

13.9  –  Ferencvaros' opponents have kept the ball for 13.9 seconds per sequence on average in the Champions League this season, the longest of any side's opponents this season.

 

Rennes v Sevilla

0  – Sevilla have never lost their final Champions League group-stage game (W3 D2). In the history of the competition, they have played more matchday-six group-stage games without defeat than any other side (including the second group phase).

90  –  Only Barcelona (92) have had more shots than Sevilla in the Champions League this season (90), though Sevilla have converted just 6.7 per cent of their shots in the competition this term (six goals).

 

Zenit v Borussia Dortmund

10  – No side has had fewer shots on target in the Champions League this season than Zenit (10), with the Russian side failing to register a single effort on target in two of their five games this season (including the reverse fixture versus Borussia Dortmund).

0 – Dortmund are seeking consecutive away wins for the first time since October 2016. They have won their previous two games on matchday six of the group stage and could make it three such victories in a row for the first time.

Paul Pogba's time with Manchester United appears to be coming to an end.

Agent Mino Raiola said Pogba – who re-joined the Red Devils from Juventus in 2016, having left in 2012 – is unhappy at United amid growing speculation over his future in Manchester.

Does a move to Real Madrid await the France international?

 

TOP STORY – POGBA EYEING MADRID

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to join Real Madrid, according to Eurosport.

Pogba appears set for an Old Trafford exit after his agent Mino Raiola said his time at United is "over".

The World Cup-winning France international has since been linked with LaLiga champions Madrid, former club Juventus and Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo could return to United, reports Auto Esporte. The Juventus superstar has been linked to former club United and PSG, but Red Devils sponsor Chevrolet are willing to help finance a transfer.

- RMC Sport claims PSG star Kylian Mbappe will spurn a move to Madrid in favour of remaining with the Ligue 1 holders. Mbappe has been tipped to swap PSG for Madrid, though the France international has also been linked to Liverpool.

Barcelona sent scouts to watch Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, says Sport. The 21-year-old has impressed since arriving from Almeria at the start of the season.

- Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham are battling to sign Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, reports Calciomercato.

Eduardo Camavinga has notified his new agent that he wants to leave Rennes, claims Diario AS. The France sensation has been linked to Madrid, United and PSG.

RB Leipzig are in pole position to sign Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai but Calciomercato says Milan remain in contact.

RB Leipzig and Manchester United face off on Tuesday for a place in the Champions League knockout rounds.

This is a straight shoot-out in Germany, a match that could have huge implications for manager goals, transfer targets and financial predictions for 2021.

In a way, the permutations are quite simple: Leipzig must win to qualify for the next round, while United will be through with a win or a draw.

Beyond those facts, this is a difficult game to call, as each side is well-suited and yet pointedly vulnerable to the strengths of the other. But United, it would appear, have the edge.

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Leipzig have won all seven home games in all competitions in 2020-21, scoring 18 goals and conceding four. United have won eight of their nine away games in all competitions, scoring 25 goals and conceding 10.

Leipzig have won two of their previous three Champions League games with English sides, the exception being the 5-0 loss at Old Trafford on matchday two. United have lost both of their previous away games against German sides in this competition.

Something has to give.

That resounding win in the reverse game will of course be fresh in the memory of both sides, but four of United's goals came in the 74th minute or later. It was a far more even contest than the scoreline suggests, at least until Leipzig lost heart once United had scored twice in four minutes.

Simply put, United were ruthless when it mattered. Solskjaer's men had 47 per cent of the ball but six more shots. They also scored with four of their six attempts on target after half-time. Leipzig only tested David de Gea twice.

That reflects the fact United have been more clinical throughout the group stage. Leipzig have attempted 68 shots to United's 67, but the Bundesliga side have converted fewer than 12 per cent of them, compared to 19 per cent for the Red Devils. United's shooting accuracy of 60.4 per cent is also far above Leipzig's 48.9 – in fact, only five teams boast a higher rate this term.

RASHFORD AND THE RISK OF THE PRESS

Leipzig average more possession than United (53.4 to 50.9) but it's their work without the ball that so often wins admirers. In 2020-21, they have allowed their opponents an average of 8.4 passes before a defensive intervention, which is the lowest average of any side.

That relentless pressing work is how Nagelsmann's men enjoyed more of the ball at Old Trafford, but it also proved their undoing.

A direct attack is defined as an open-play sequence starting inside the team's half and has at least 50 per cent of movement to the opposition goal. And United love them. They have launched 14 direct attacks this season, compared to Leipzig's six, averaging 14.4 metres of progress per sequence. They get the ball, they charge for goal, and it's up to you to catch them.

Interestingly, United have also won more high turnovers (31 to 25) than Leipzig's high-pressing machine, which shows the speed of their attack is a threat from deep and from their opponents' half. It's how they contrived to tear through the visiting defence in that second-half destruction on matchday two, as Leipzig pushed higher to find a way back into the contest.

Marcus Rashford, who got a hat-trick in that game, is the master of exploiting this tactic. He has scored three goals after progressing five metres or more with the ball, the most of any player in this season's competition.

Leipzig average a starting distance from their own goal of 43.8 metres but, if they are chasing a win, that may have to change. And United and Rashford could be on hand to capitalise.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire thinks their "great belief and character" will see them through Tuesday's decisive game with RB Leipzig and into the Champions League knockouts.

After losing 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain on matchday five, United know a point in Germany will be enough to seal their place in the last 16, while they could still finish top of Group H if PSG do not beat Istanbul Basaksehir.

The Red Devils thrashed Leipzig 5-0 at Old Trafford but know they will face a stern test against Julian Nagelsmann's side, who drew 3-3 with European champions Bayern Munich last weekend.

United have been in exceptional form on their travels, winning a club-record eight in a row in the Premier League, including at West Ham on Saturday when they fought from 1-0 down to win 3-1.

Still, United have lost each of their previous two away games to German opposition in the Champions League and have fallen behind in six of their past eight away matches in all competitions, a fact that highlights both their inability to take control of matches and their mental resolve.

Maguire has noticed an improvement in their mentality in his time at the club and is determined to go to Leipzig and prove it, even as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without injured forwards Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.

"We want to win the game. We're not going to sit back," he said. "We went into the PSG game and on another day could have won it. We created three or four very good chances to win that game. It wasn't to be and we take ourselves into the final game of the group.

"As players, we feel that progression. From when I first joined the club I feel it's been steady but we're working up a ladder and we keep improving. We're getting that consistency in games more, the belief that we can go and win games is a lot better than when I first joined.

"I believe we're always going to score goals and create chances, we have so much talent and goalscorers in the team. When we go 1-0 down, to come back shows great belief and character, but it's important we don't make mistakes to concede another goal. We have to give our forwards the best opportunity to go and win games."

Maguire pointed to the final day of last season's Premier League, when United won 2-0 at Leicester City to seal Champions League qualification, as proof they can produce when it matters most.

"I joined this club to play in the biggest games possible. Your big players step up in the biggest games so for sure I think that's a statement we've shown over the years that the big players step up in the big games," he said.

"Similar to Leicester last season when we had to get a result to reach the Champions League – we managed to do that, so we will take confidence from that, we feel ready and prepared and we're looking forward to it.

"As a group of players we fully expect to get out of the group. It's the last game, we're in a good position, we're confident and we look forward to the game. The one thing we can do is look after the performance and normally the performance looks after the result."

Manager Solskjaer, meanwhile, believes it is in keeping with United's history to have reached the final matchday knowing their fate is not yet secure.

"They're Man United players because they have qualities we've looked for," he said. "I'm sure [Tuesday] will prove that's the reason why they're here. They'll show it.

"The character of the group is getting better and better and we're looking forward to the game.

"It's something we want, games like this. It's a tradition for Man United. We never make it easy for ourselves. We look at the game against Istanbul [Basaksehir], where we could have taken three points, but that's just the way we do things.

"We do make it hard for ourselves, that's been the case since I played and that's a long, long time ago."

Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial have been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with RB Leipzig.

Both forwards were substituted during Saturday's 3-1 Premier League victory at West Ham, where the Red Devils fought back from a half-time deficit to win through goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

Manager Ole Gunnar Soslskjaer had hoped the injuries would be short-term but he confirmed on Monday that neither Cavani nor Martial will travel to Germany for Tuesday's game.

There was some good news, however, with David de Gea available again after missing the West Ham win and Luke Shaw back in the travelling squad after missing a month of action with a hamstring problem.

"David's back in, Luke is travelling, Edinson and Anthony [have] only minor niggles but they won't be making the trip," Solskjaer told reporters.

With Cavani and Martial out and Rashford battling a shoulder issue, much of the goalscoring burden will fall on 19-year-old Greenwood.

Greenwood has scored 20 goals in all competitions since the start of 2019-20, which is twice as many as any other teenager playing for a Premier League side.

However, minor injury problems and reports of concern around his application in training and recovery have limited his impact this term, with his strike against West Ham his only goal in seven league appearances.

Still, Solskjaer has full confidence in the forward as he prepares his side for a game knowing that a draw will be enough to guarantee their place in the last 16.

"Mason's a very talented forward," Solskjaer said. "He's one of the best finishers I've worked with and when we can provide chances for him or he creates chances for himself with his movement, we've got a good chance for scoring goals.

"He's still young, still learning and he'll only improve with the quality and experience of the characters we have around him. He's exciting to work with.

"You get to the last game of the group stage and you're in the next round if you go and win that game or draw, so it's an important game, of course it is."

Germany team director Oliver Bierhoff has revealed he held talks with Ralf Rangnick over succeeding Joachim Low as head coach.

The World Cup winner has been under huge pressure following last month's 6-0 Nations League humbling at the hands of Spain.

It ended a 12-match unbeaten run for Germany and was their heaviest defeat since losing to Austria in a friendly in 1931 by the same scoreline.

The German Football Association (DFB) last week brought an end to the speculation over Low's future by throwing their support behind the 60-year-old.

But Bierhoff has eyed up alternative options should Low leave the position he has held since 2006.

"You have to be careful with words. It is an ongoing process," Bierhoff told Sky Sport. "Anyone who thinks I'll only think about alternatives after the Spain game is insane.

"Of course, you always have something in your head. Joachim is always informed about my thinking - that's my job."

Asked specifically about former RB Leipzig coach and managing director Rangnick, who has long been considered a natural successor to Low, Bierhoff said: "I also spoke with him."

Jurgen Klopp is another to have been touted as a candidate after winning the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool.

But Bierhoff ruled out waiting for Klopp's Anfield contract to expire, saying: "There is no plan to hire Klopp in 2022."

Low guided Germany to World Cup success in 2014, four years after finishing third, and has reached a European Championship final and two semi-finals without winning the continental competition. His team also triumphed at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he has not seen enough of Low lately, adding he must "deal more aggressively with the situation", but Bierhoff defended the coach's record in charge of Die Mannschaft.

"Low has had one bad year in 16 years," he said. "It is difficult to drive development under the current conditions. He has energy, conviction and a clear vision."

He added: "I don't see Rummenigge's statements as being that critical. Everyone has their own opinion. The important thing is that you are convinced of your path.

"The one who carries the ultimate consequences is the coach. Joachim does that. There are many examples in which the public opinion has also been different.

"Our team is inexperienced and needs time. Our greatest talent, Kai Havertz, has played only 10 international matches. 

"We need to find some regularity but that has not been possible because of so many injuries.

"Other teams, like the Netherlands, have needed six years to redevelop their side - they missed two tournaments while doing it."

Another hot topic of debate surrounding the Germany national side regards the futures of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.

All three players were dropped by Low last year and have not been recalled since, but their fine club form and the defeat to Spain have increased scrutiny.

"Jogi has never once said the door is completely closed to them," Bierhoff said. "Nothing personal happened. There is certainly no stubbornness.

"I'm happy that they are all doing so well. Joachim will ask himself, 'Who are the players I can work with best?' It is not a matter of principle."

Thomas Muller was not thinking about the possibility of a Germany recall after helping Bayern Munich retain their place at the top of the Bundesliga.

Scrutiny of Joachim Low's decision to drop Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his Germany squad last year has been under intense scrutiny following their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain in November.

Low became only the third Germany manager to concede six goals in a match after Otto Nerz and Sepp Herberger, with his team now having won just three of their past eight fixtures.

Muller has enjoyed a resurgence since being cast aside by Low, supplying a Bundesliga record 21 assists as Hansi Flick's side took the title as part of a treble in 2019-20.

The 31-year-old scored twice during Bayern's entertaining 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, salvaging a point that stopped Julian Nagelsmann's side displacing them at the summit.

Asked about a return the national team, Muller told Sky: "That's a topic that is very far away for me. I'm trying to help the team I'm on the field with.

"You can talk about it as much as you like. I'll stick with it and then we'll see what happens.

"The DFB decided [to keep Low on as coach], so all Germans have to stand behind this decision and do everything to ensure we get things going again.

"And with Joachim Low, we are going to get things going again."

After Christopher Nkunku's opener, Muller added to Jamal Musiala's equaliser to put Bayern in control against Leipzig.

However, Justin Kluivert and Emil Forsberg turned the match around again, with Muller's second in the 75th minute only enough for a point.

The Bayern forward was pleased to have scored a brace, but with only Angelino (31) surrendering possession on more occasions than him (24), he acknowledged it was not a flawless display.

"I lost too many balls today. Of course I'm happy and satisfied – you don't always score two goals," said Muller.

"We know that we can come back from behind. In the end we have to live with the draw."

All three Bayern goals were set up by Kingsley Coman, earning the winger special praise from Hansi Flick.

"There are few others in his position who have his quality," said Flick.

"We have to be satisfied [with the result]. It was important that we didn't lose. It was a wild game.

"We generally have to improve as a team. I don't criticise individual players."

Thomas Muller salvaged a thrilling 3-3 draw against RB Leipzig as Bayern Munich held onto their place at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern came from behind to lead after Manuel Neuer's mistake gifted Christopher Nkunku the opener, with substitute Jamal Musiala and Muller scoring in the space of four first-half minutes.

Justin Kluivert responded rapidly with his first Bundesliga goal to send the teams into half-time level, before Emil Forsberg's header looked set to send Leipzig to the summit.

However, Leipzig sat back and Muller connected with a cross from Kingsley Coman with 15 minutes remaining, with a point enough to ensure Bayern remained the pacesetters.

After Marcel Sabitzer struck the crossbar, Nkunku put Leipzig ahead when Neuer raced out of his box but failed to beat the Frenchman to Forsberg's throughball and left him with a vacant net to pass into.

Javi Martinez was forced off with a muscular injury but his replacement Musiala arrowed in an equaliser five minutes after coming off the bench, giving Peter Gulacsi no chance after the Leipzig goalkeeper had produced a phenomenal save to keep Benjamin Pavard's sublime half-volley out of the top-right corner.

A quickfire second saw Bayern take the lead in the 34th minute when Muller sent Coman's pass beyond Gulacsi at his near post.

However, they were only in front for 81 seconds, with Kluivert picking out the bottom-left corner after being played onside by Jerome Boateng.

Leipzig regained the lead within three minutes of the restart, Forsberg left in plenty of space to head Angelino's cross past Neuer.

Julian Nagelsmann's side looked to soak up the pressure and see out the win, but they were undone when Coman again picked out Muller for a header that Gulacsi could not keep out.

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