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Cocu and PSV not afraid of Manchester United

PSV Eindhoven coach Phillip Cocu says his team will "go for the win but not be naive" against Manchester United in their first group stage fixture since 2008/09.

PSV coach Phillip Cocu presides over training on Monday
PSV coach Phillip Cocu presides over training on Monday ©Getty Images
  • Phillip Cocu says PSV will not sit back, rather "we will go for the win"
  • On Saturday the hosts recorded their biggest victory since February 2013
  • PSV are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions
  • United forward Memphis Depay returns to the club he left this summer
  • Cocu played under United boss Louis van Gaal for Barcelona and Netherlands

Possible lineups
PSV: Zoet; Brenet, Moreno, Bruma, Arias; Guardado, Hendrix, Pröpper, Lestienne; De Jong, Narsingh.
Out: Willems (knee), Jozefzoon (knee), Koch (knee), Maher (leg)

United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Fellaini.
Out: Jones (blood clot), Rooney (hamstring)

Phillip Cocu, PSV coach
We have European experience [from the UEFA Europa League] and will get more by playing matches at this level. Everybody is looking forward to this game. It is prestigious and the stakes are high – it is important.

United have a lot of individual quality, they are experienced and they are a top football team. You can see the hand of Louis van Gaal. Our intention is to go for the win, but we will not be naive. Our initial aim, however, is to try to win.

City guide: Eindhoven

Louis van Gaal, United manager
It is always difficult to play here. When I was coach of Ajax and Barcelona, we did not win so many in Eindhoven. Maybe only with AZ Alkmaar. I don't think there is a difference in philosophy between the Premier League and the Champions League. 

An away draw is always a good result but we will go for the win. The first match is very important to win ... for PSV too. I think the fans will see a Manchester United team willing to fight for their Champions League chances. We want to show that we are able to win matches at the highest level.

Anthony Martial scores on his United debut
Anthony Martial scores on his United debut©Getty Images

Weekend results
Manchester United
3-1 Liverpool
(Blind 49, Ander Herrera 70pen, Martial 86; Benteke 84)
Anthony Martial came off the bench to score on his debut and wrap up the points. United are third in the Premier League, five points off leaders Manchester City.

Cambuur 0-6 PSV Eindhoven (De Jong 9pen 12 42, Pröpper 56, Locadia 74 89)
Luuk de Jong hit a hat-trick and Jürgen Locadia struck twice as PSV maintained their unbeaten start to the season. They are fourth, two points behind leaders Ajax.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)*
United: WLWDWW

*This season only

Reporter's view: Derek Brookman (@UEFAcomDerekB)
While the talk at Old Trafford may be of Martial's spectacular debut and Wayne Rooney's injury, here in Eindhoven it is all about reunions – with both Memphis Depay, who only departed a few months ago, and the UEFA Champions League itself. This will be PSV's first group stage match since 2008/2009, so expect a sell-out crowd and a boisterous atmosphere.

Did you know?
Cocu faced United only once as a player – for Barcelona at Old Trafford in the 1998/99 group stage. Van Gaal was his coach at the time, yet how did that thriller end? The answer to that and more can be found in our extensive match background.

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