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Champions League: Valencia vs. Man Utd team news, group H permutations, TV, live stream

Jose Mourinho is set to start Paul Pogba for the final group game

Valencia vs. Manchester United
  • What: Champions League group H matchday six 
  • When: Wednesday 12 December 
  • Where: Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain 
  • Kick-off: 8pm (UK time) 
  • TV channel and live stream: BT Sport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged Paul Pogba to make an impact in tonight’s Champions League clash against Valencia.

United head to Spain with qualification to the last 16 already assured but can finish top of group H if they win at the Mestalla and Juventus fail to beat Young Boys.

Mourinho and Pogba have not seen eye-to-eye this season but the French midfielder is set to start tonight after being a substitute in United’s previous two games.

Quoted by the BBC, Mourinho said: “I’m looking for him [Pogba] to play well and to have a good impact in the game and a good impact in the team - a team with many players that don’t have many miles on their legs.”

Here we look at the group H permutations, team news, possible starting XIs and matchday six results and fixtures.

Group H permutations
  • Tonight’s fixtures: Valencia vs. Man Utd; Young Boys vs. Juventus 
  • Qualified teams: Juventus and Man Utd 
  • Juventus will finish top if they win or Man Utd do not gain victory 
  • Man Utd will finish top if they win and Juventus do not 
  • Valencia will transfer to the Uefa Europa League round of 32 
  • Young Boys will finish fourth

Team news and possible starting XIs 

Valencia team news

The Spanish side will be without Jose Gaya because of suspension while star forward Goncalo Guedes is an injury doubt. 

Man Utd team news

Goalkeeper David De Gea and midfielder Nemanja Matic have not travelled while defender Victor Lindelof and forward Alexis Sanchez remain on the injury list.

The Daily Mirror says that Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling were also not seen on the flight to Spain. Pogba, Sergio Romero and Andreas Pereira are set to start.

Academy players James Garner and Mason Greenwood, both 17, have travelled. Mourinho has confirmed that Garner will be on the bench and Greenwood will be back-up for the squad.

Mourinho said: “The kids won’t start the match. Garner will be on the bench, and Mason is the protection player, in case we have any injuries.”

Possible starting XIs

How the two teams could line up at the Mestalla Stadium tonight, according to talkSPORT.

  • Valencia possible starting XI: Neto; Wass, Garay, Diakhaby, Gaya; Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo, Guedes; Batshuayi, Moreno 
  • Man Utd possible starting XI: Romero; Dalot, Bailly, Jones, Young; Pereira, McTominay, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku, Rashford 

Results, fixtures and TV guide

Tuesday 11 December results
  • Group A: Club Brugge 0 Atlético Madrid 0; Monaco 0 Borussia Dortmund 2 
  • Group B: Barcelona 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1; Inter Milan 1 PSV Eindhoven 1 
  • Group C: Red Star Belgrade 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4; Liverpool 1 Napoli 0 
  • Group D: FC Schalke 04 1 Lokomotiv Moscow 0; Galatasaray 2 FC Porto 3
Wednesday 12 December fixtures
  • Group E: Ajax vs. Bayern Munich (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 2); Benfica vs. AEK Athens (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 3) 
  • Group F: Manchester City vs. 1899 Hoffenheim (8pm, live on BT Sport 2); Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Lyon (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 4) 
  • Group G: Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 1); Viktoria Plzen vs. Roma (5.55pm, live on BT Sport ESPN) 
  • Group H: Valencia vs. Manchester United (8pm, live on BT Sport 3); Young Boys vs. Juventus (8pm, live on BT Sport ESPN)
Valencia vs. Man Utd TV channel and live stream

The group H clash will be shown live on BT Sport 3. Coverage starts at 7.15pm and the match kicks off at 8pm. BT Sport subscribers can also watch a live steam on the broadcaster’s website.  

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