Manchester United return to Champions League group stage action tomorrow night as they take on Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal's men will enter the game high on confidence after beating bitter rivals Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday evening, but PSV also have reason to be confident after putting six past Cambuur in the Eredivise, and a former coach of the club has made some pretty bold claims ahead of the clash in Manchester.
Aad de Mos has claimed that Manchester United's weakness has been uncovered by PSV, and surprisingly enough it is a player that has earned rave reviews for his start to the season and was even nominated for Premier League player of the month for August, central defender Chris Smalling:
Smalling is regarded as a great defender, but he isn’t the best on the ball.
PSV have worked it out, they are going to let Smalling have the ball all the time. They know he is limited in his ideas. And if Daley Blind thinks he can come and enjoy a bit of freedom, or dominate the game again, then he will soon realise all the PSV players are going to be after him. They will not leave him alone.
They have it cracked, Smalling can't play football and thus is the key to PSV's success. It's a bold strategy, let's see if it pays off for them.
Not content with claiming one of Man United's best players so far this season is their weakness, de Mos then claimed that should the ball eventually find it's way to former PSV star Memphis Depay, the young Dutchman will have no success:
Depay is not going to get one bit of joy out of his return to Holland. Santiago Arias, the Mexican international defender who knows him inside out, is going to eat him raw.
Honestly, I am 100 percent sure that Arias will wipe him out.
That sounds a bit extreme, does it not?
Keep an eye out for a Mexican cannibal murdering and then devouring Memphis Depay tomorrow night. The Dutch are clearly confident, so it should be an entertaining game at Old Trafford.