RB Leipzig manager, Julian Nagelsmann has revealed his admiration for Manchester United, ahead of our crunch meeting on Wednesday.
The German side currently lead Group H, after beating Istanbul Bakasehir last week, and Nagelsmann, who grew up watching Man United, is excited for the fixture.
Speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday, the 33 year old, who guided Leipzig to reach the semis of the competition last season, said: “When I analyse an opponent I do not look at the results.
“I try to find out how they score goals, concede, build up play, counter attack, counter-press, other things. So the result doesn’t count for much. In the end I don’t think any of my players will say Man U is not that good.
“We know that their start was not that good but, at the end, it is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a big name in European football and the Champions League.
“I’ve never played in Old Trafford or been there. It will be a great experience.
“I watched a lot of games in the Theatre of Dreams and of Manchester United on television. Now to be part of the stadium will be perfect.”
He added: “Bayern Munich v Manchester United, for example, the final when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored. Ryan Giggs did a lot of big games for Manchester United, Paul Scholes, Ruud Van Nistelrooy … a lot of players. I watched nearly every game of Manchester United 10 years ago, when I was a younger guy and a player.
“I watched not only English football but also Serie A, Primera Divison. I wanted to become a professional so it was important to watch games and look at what the best players in Europe do.
“Sir Alex Ferguson had a long and very successful time for Manchester United so it was also interesting to watch him, what he changed from one season to the next.
“I know there will be no fans so that’s hard. When there will be fans it will be more of a bigger experience. But if we win the game in the Theatre of Dreams it will be perfect.”
Nagelsmann and his boys are quite familiar with English opposition, having come up against Tottenham last season, and will no doubt be going for the scalp when we play on Wednesday.