The Red Devils had it in the bag, but Galatasaray mounted an incredible comeback. Galatasaray and Manchester United battled to a 3-3 draw in a game once postponed due to rainfall. United will rue the opportunity to go second in Group A. While they still sit in the last, this is how they can still qualify for the knockout round.
What Man United must do to qualify for Champions League knockout
For Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds, the following has to happen.
First, Bayern Munich must defeat Copenhagen tonight at Allianz Arena. A Copenhagen upset halts any possibility of the Red Devils moving on to the last 16.
Assuming a Bayern Munich victory, giving them 15 points in the table, Man United still stand a chance at qualifying. But Erik ten Hag's side must beat Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on December 12.
Not only that, Manchester United's advancement depends on either a Galatasaray draw or a loss against Copenhagen. Even if the Danes win, it's up to goal difference, with United moving on to the knockout round with the edge.
Advancing buys the highly scrutinized ten Hag time at United. Earlier this week, the United board indicated their intention to hire Carlo Ancelotti from Real Madrid. Of course, the Italian is already first in line for the national job in Brazil.
Manchester United's crucial route to the UCL Knockouts
- Bayern Munich must defeat Copenhagen – This result is vital to keep United in contention.
- A draw between Copenhagen and Galatasaray – This outcome prevents either team from pulling away in the Group A standings.
- United must win against Bayern at Old Trafford – A critical home game in which United needs to triumph.