RB Leipzig beat Man Utd to own pre-game plans days after Solskjaer blamed change

Manchester United were dealt a major blow ahead of their Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday after the German outfit booked up their preferred Lowry Hotel spot.

Leipzig and United are both aiming to secure two wins out of two in Group H, but Julian Nagelsmann's men have already got one over on the Premier League club.

Prior to their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at the importance of his players staying at The Lowry before home games after going four games without a win at Old Trafford.

And while that frustrating run continued against the Blues, United produced a much improved performance in the stalemate after returning to their preferred pre-match base.

However, Leipzig have seemingly beaten the Red Devils to their own plans by setting up camp at The Lowry ahead of Wednesday night’s showdown.

United have been forced to go elsewhere as a result, coming as a major frustration for Solskjaer.

Before last weekend’s meeting with Chelsea at Old Trafford, the Norwegian said: “We need to address our home form. We need to look at how we prepare maybe.

“It’s maybe something I can deal with.

“The whole lockdown period has made us do things differently at home. We might have to do it a different way.”

Solskjaer resided at The Lowry while he was in temporary charge of United, but moved out once Ed Woodward handed him the job on a full-time basis.

Predecessor Jose Mourinho lived at the luxurious hotel for the entirety of his Red Devils tenure.

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Edinson Cavani could be handed his first United start against Leipzig at Old Trafford, having come off the bench to make his debut against Chelsea.

Anthony Martial is also expected to return upfront amid his three-game Premier League suspension, while Axel Tuanzebe could be brought back into the fold after an impressive performance in last week’s win away at PSG.

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