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Manchester United 0-0 PSV

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney
Manchester United are a point ahead of PSV, who are third in Group B

Manchester United's involvement in this season's Champions League remains in the balance after they were held to a goalless draw at home to PSV.

It was a frustrating night for United, who pressed and dominated possession but struggled to hurt their opponents.

Jesse Lingard fired their best chance over the bar, while Morgan Schneiderlin saw a close-range shot saved.

United will qualify for the last 16 if they beat group leaders Wolfsburg in their final game on 8 December.

Stretford End tribute to George Best
In tribute to Manchester United great George Best, who died exactly 10 years ago, United fans shone the lights on their mobile phones in the seventh minute of Wednesday's game - in reference to Best's shirt number

United face crunch final game

The top three sides in the group - Wolfsburg, United and PSV - are now separated by only two points.

Van Gaal 'worried' about lack of goals

United knew before Wednesday that a win would be enough to send them through, but the draw leaves them in a very precarious position.

They remain in charge of their own fate, with PSV are a point behind them in third, but the Dutch side's final game is at the Philips Stadion against CSKA Moscow, who are already eliminated following a 2-0 home loss to Wolfsburg.

The Dutch side also have the advantage of a superior head-to-head record against United, who were beaten 2-1 in the Netherlands in September.

Pressing, possession but no penetration

Manchester United v PSV - average positions after 20 mins
The average positions of each side after 20 minutes shows how high Manchester United (left) were pressing

High pressing is in vogue in England, thanks largely to Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool, and United employed the tactic during an opening quarter that was full of energy and intent but lacking in end product.

A hassled and harried PSV were starved of the ball and pinned back in their own half but rarely in real danger as United failed to find the killer ball, turn of pace or piece of skill to open up a side more than happy to leave Manchester with a well-earned point.

In the few times they earned a sight of goal, Lingard's touch let him down in the box, Schneiderlin fluffed a chance from close range from a corner and Anthony Martial fired a shot straight at the keeper from inside the box.

As their energy waned, United were even less effective after the break, resulting in aimless balls forward and the inevitable, ineffective introduction of Marouane Fellaini.

Lingard's glanced header and shot over the bar after Ashley Young's cross had deflected into his path was the closest they came to a winner.

An increasingly comfortable and confident PSV could even have won the game themselves had Santiago Arias found a cross to match the movement and driving run that took him clear down the right.

Martial fails to prove his point

Anthony Martial shot
Anthony Martial had two shots in the game, both on target and both saved

Martial's role in United's attack has been the source of much debate in recent weeks, with many suggesting his pace would be better employed in an outright striking role as opposed to the left of boss Van Gaal's favoured frontman, Wayne Rooney.

Having missed Saturday's league win at Watford, Rooney and Martial returned to the starting XI, but with Rooney in a number 10 role behind the centrally-deployed French teenager as part of a four-man attack that also included Memphis Depay and Lingard.

Martial had two decent opportunities in the first half, the first when the ball broke to him in the box and the second following a smart turn 15 yards out, but both times he was denied by PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet.

He faded into obscurity in the second half, along with the majority of the United side.

But he at least lasted the game, unlike Depay, who scored at Watford on Saturday, but was utterly anonymous here and was replaced by Young around the hour mark.

Van Gaal will need his attacking quartet to be much sharper in Germany in two weeks time.

Luke Shaw tweet
Some PSV fans brought a banner to Old Trafford wishing a speedy recovery to Luke Shaw, who broke his leg in the game in the Netherlands in September

What they said:

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "We could have finished in the first half but also in the second half, to the end we're not so good any more, we were afraid to play the ball but nevertheless do not give too much chances away.

"I cannot say every game in the interview with you that we didn't finish but it is the truth.

"It will be very difficult because Wolfsburg are the best team in our group to play against, but it is possible.

"We have won also at home and PSV has to win against Moscow, it is not so easy."

What's next?

On Saturday, Manchester United return to league action with an away trip to leaders Leicester, where they lost 5-3 last season.


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 36DarmianSubstituted forMataat 85'minutes
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 5Rojo
  • 28Schneiderlin
  • 31SchweinsteigerSubstituted forFellainiat 58'minutes
  • 35LingardBooked at 90mins
  • 10Rooney
  • 7DepaySubstituted forYoungat 59'minutes
  • 9Martial


  • 8Mata
  • 18Young
  • 19Wilson
  • 20Romero
  • 27Fellaini
  • 33McNair
  • 44Pereira

PSV Eindhoven

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zoet
  • 4AriasBooked at 90mins
  • 5Bruma
  • 3Moreno
  • 20Brenet
  • 18Guardado
  • 29HendrixSubstituted forIsimat-Mirinat 60'minutes
  • 6Pröpper
  • 11NarsinghSubstituted forPereiroat 18'minutes
  • 9L de JongBooked at 82mins
  • 19Locadia


  • 2Isimat-Mirin
  • 7Pereiro
  • 8Schaars
  • 10Maher
  • 14Poulsen
  • 22Pasveer
  • 27Bergwijn
Pavel Kralovec

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamPSV Eindhoven
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 0, PSV Eindhoven 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, PSV Eindhoven 0.

  3. Booking

    Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

  8. Post update

    Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven).

  11. Post update

    Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven).

  13. Post update

    Daley Blind (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luuk de Jong (PSV Eindhoven).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  16. Post update

    Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United).

  18. Post update

    Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  20. Post update

    Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 25th November 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid5410113813
3Shakhtar Donetsk5104712-53
4Malmö FF5104113-123


2Man Utd52215418
3PSV Eindhoven52126607
4CSKA Moscow511347-34


1Atl Madrid531192710
4FC Astana5032410-63


2Man City53028629
3B Mgladbach512268-25


3B Leverkusen5122121115
4BATE Borisov5113512-74


1Bayern Munich54011731412
4Dinamo Zagreb5104312-93


2FC Porto531196310
3Dynamo Kyiv52217438
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv5005115-140


1Zenit St Petersburg5500124815
2KAA Gent52126607
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