By DAN KARELL
Manchester United have struggled out of the gate in the Premier League, making a big performance in the UEFA Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk even more important.
David Moyes is already under fire due to the defending champions’ start to the season, but he can restore the fan’s expectations to the way they were before with a huge result on the road. Robin Van Persie is fit but is unlikely to start, however Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic should play big roles in the match in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, on the blue side of Manchester, Manchester City take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League for the second year in a row, this time with the Germans as defending European club champions. Both David Silva and Sergio Aguero have returned to the side after being rested last Saturday, while Bayern misses out with Bastian Schweinsteiger due to his injury recovery.
Carlo Ancelotti had a difficult challenge in the Champions League last year after running into Barcelona while he was with Paris-Saint Germain, but his new club Real Madrid can reverse the sorrow from Saturday’s Madrid derby defeat with another commanding European result against FC Copenhagen.
Here is a rundown of today’s UEFA Champions League action:
12pm – Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer Plus – CSKA Moscow vs. Viktoria Plzen
2:45pm – Fox Sports 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester United
2:45pm – Fox Sports 2 – Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich
2:45pm – Fox Deportes/Fox Soccer Plus – Real Madrid vs. FC Copenhagen
2:45pm – Fox Sports Net/MSG Plus – Juventus vs. Galatasaray
2:45pm – DirecTV/Fox Soccer 2Go – Paris Saint-Germain vs. Benfica
2:45pm – DirecTV/Fox Soccer 2Go – Anderlecht vs. Olympiakos
2:45pm – DirecTV/Fox Soccer 2Go – Bayer Leverkusen vs. Real Sociedad
Which match are you most looking forward to watching? See any upsets on tap today? Do you see either Manchester club winning?
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