PSV vs Manchester United: Memphis Depay in early return to former club as Dutch champions aim to dent United's European return

A look ahead to the Champions League fixture at Phillips Stadion

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It's a big game for…

Memphis Depay: After moving from PSV for £25 million in the summer the Dutch forward will be eager to impress both former and current employers.

Things may not be so easy though as former coach of the Dutch side, Aad De Mos, said Columbian defender Santiago Arias will “eat him alive”.

Weird stat…

1996: United have not lost an opening Champions League group match since they lost 1-0 away at Juventus in 1996. Alen Boksic scored the only goal of the game on the Italian’s way to the final. They lost out to Borussia Dortmund who knocked United out in the semi-finals.

 

Remember when…

Gordon Strachan scored a penalty in the 93rd minute against PSV in 1984 to snatch the win in extra time of the second round UEFA Cup tie. United would go on to lose 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-finals to Videton.

 

PSV Player to watch…

Luuk de Jong: The former Newcastle loanee has started the season in red hot form netting five goals in five games for his club. The 25-year-old, who signed for £5m from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, scored 25 times for the Dutch side last year on their way to the title.

Past three-meetings…

Manchester United 3 (Sheringham, Scholes, Yorke) PSV 1 (van Bommel), Champions League, October 2000

PSV 3 (Bouma, van Bommel, Kezman) Manchester United (Scholes), Champions League, September 2000

Manchester United 1 (Strachan) PSV 0, UEFA Cup, November 1984

Form guide…

PSV: WDWDWW

Manchester United: WWDWLW

Vital information…

Kick-off time: 7.45pm

TV: Live on BT Sport 2, highlights on ITV 10pm

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