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Manchester United Face Stern Test In Germany

English champions Manchester United face a major test of their Champions League credentials on Wednesday night, when they travel to face Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.

A win for either side should confirm their progression to the knockout stage, and a draw could even suffice for both of them if Shakhtar Donetsk lose at home to Real Sociedad.

But neither team will likely consider a share of the spoils an intelligent game plan, and so an exciting duel is on the offing.

English teams in the Champions League have edged Bundesliga sides so far this season. Arsenal and Dortmund shared wins, and Bayern Munich beat Manchester City, but Chelsea crushed Schalke and United stopped Leverkusen at Old Trafford.

They will attempt to do the same again, but they face an in-form Leverkusen, who have won their last eight Champions League games at the Bay Arena.

Leverkusen will feel that now is their best chance to take United’s scalp.

The Red Devils have certainly improved after their shoddy start to the season, but their 2-2 draw with Cardiff at the weekend proved they still have flaws to iron out.

And so the Germans are confident of stealing a march on United this week.

"The team is at a very good level at the moment and the trend is upward," the club’s goal machine striker Stefan Kiessling told their website ahead of the game.

"It would be great if it could continue like that. Manchester is a decisive game for us, it is a home game and it will be fun to be playing on the day.

"With that kind of support from our fans we will try to win it and to decide it in our favour."

United meanwhile, know they have a tough task ahead of them if they are to restore British pride, wounded after Germany again made Wembley their home to beat England last week.

But defender Rio Ferdinand believes he and his team-mates have what it takes to see off their impressive hosts in their daunting home fortress.

"We want to finish the job, get it done early so we can get back to the Premier League and have nothing else distracting us," Ferdinand told United's website.

"They're a well-equipped team and it's not going to be easy but we're more than capable."

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