Dayot Upamecano ruled out of Manchester United clash

Three teams in Group H go into the final round of Champions League matches on nine points.

For Manchester United, the task is simple. A draw in Germany against RB Leipzig on Tuesday means qualification for the last 16.

A defeat would mean elimination, but United should take confidence from their 5-0 thumping of Leipzig on matchday two.

And Julian Nagelsmann’s side have already suffered a blow to their preparations for the match.

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Dayot Upamecano received his second yellow card of the group stage against Istanbul Basaksehir last night.

That means he is suspended for the crunch clash.

The towering defender played the full 90 minutes when Leipzig were beaten at Old Trafford, unable to stop Marcus Rashford running riot.

He is one of the best young centre halves in Europe but Nagelsmann will now need to try to plot a route past United without him.

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Upamecano may be of keener interest to United fans amid a report from the Times in October that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will bid for him next summer.

The match would have been another chance for United’s coaches to see him up close.

While that’s a blow for Leipzig, United have their own suspension to contend with after Fred’s red card last night.

Which side copes better without their notable absentee could have a major bearing on the result.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.