Champions League permutations: What do Man United need on the final day of the group stage?

Malik Ouzia
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The Champions League group stage is nearing its conclusion, with the penultimate round of fixtures having wrapped up on Wednesday night.

Three English teams - Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea - have not only booked their places in the last-16 with a game to spare, but have also already confirmed their spots as group winners.

However, for Manchester United things are a little more complicated, after they were beaten 3-1 by PSG at Old Trafford on matchday five.

What do Manchester United need?

Wednesday night’s result in Manchester has set up a thrilling finale in Group H, with three teams - United, PSG and RB Leipzig - locked level on nine points and only two able to progress.

PSG are up against bottom side Istanbul Basaksehir on the final day next week, while United face a difficult trip to Germany to take on RB Leipzig.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men do have the advantage of a strong head-to-head record against the Bundesliga outfit, having beaten them 5-0 at Old Trafford earlier in the group stage, which means a draw will definitely be enough to see them through.

However, Neymar’s stoppage-time goal for PSG against United means the Ligue 1 outfit edge the head-to-head record between those two sides, and so United cannot progress with a defeat, even if Basaksehir spring an upset.

The only way for United to now win the group is for them to better PSG’s result against Basaksehir.

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