Man Utd’s Champions League last 16 hopes are in the balance

Manchester United’s qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League hang in the balance as they go to Germany for their final Group H match.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travel RB Leipzig knowing they need to take something from the game to progress to the last 16, having missed out on a chance to secure their place last week, losing 3-1 at home to PSG when all they needed was a draw.

All three sides are locked on nine points in Group H with one match remaining, with Istanbul Basaksehir bottom with three points.

The easiest way for Man Utd – who currently top the group – to qualify is to win in Germany.

However if they draw, then things get more complicated as PSG are in prime spot to qualify.

Should the French champions beat Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday – something they’re expected to do – they will finish top of the group and be one of the seeded teams in the next round, thanks to their superior head-to-head records over Utd and Leipzig.

A point is enough to see Man Utd through as, although they would remain level on points with Leipzig, their 5-0 win at Old Trafford in October would mean they have a better head-to-head record.

If the pair draw and PSG also have to settle for a point, then Man Utd will top the group, with the French heavyweights following in second and Leipzig heading towards the Europa League.

A defeat will knock Man Utd out of the Champions League, regardless of what happens in Paris. Even if PSG lose, they would go through at Utd's expense because of their head-to-head record.

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