Manchester United must prove they merit a place in the Champions League final 16 by beating Wolfsburg in their vital group tie, says boss Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils will qualify with a win in Tuesday’s final Group B game, or if PSV Eindhoven drop to CSKA Moscow.
But PSV will advance if they greater United’s outcome in Germany.
“It is really critical for the club to continue in the Champions League,” stated Van Gaal. “We can’t rely on the outcome of the other game.”
United are aiming to attain the knockout phase in their initial appearance back in the Champions League considering that failing to qualify for European competition below David Moyes in 2013-14.
After losing their opening tie at PSV, Van Gaal’s side have won two and drawn two to leave their final-16 fate in their personal hands.
Goals from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling helped them come from behind to beat Wolfsburg two-1 in the reverse fixture.
“You have to prove yourselves, as a club, as a team and as players,” added Van Gaal, who won the competitors with Ajax in 1995.
United, who are three-time European champions, will drop into the Europa League if they finish third behind Wolfsburg and PSV.
‘Goals will come for United’
Van Gaal’s team had been booed off soon after Saturday’s – draw with West Ham at Old Trafford, with residence supporters frustrated at seeing their group fail to score for the fifth time in nine matches.
Skipper Wayne Rooney will miss the Wolfsburg trip with an ankle injury, leaving 20-year-old France international Anthony Martial as their only recognised striker.
“When you are generating probabilities you shall finish those sort of probabilities,” stated the 64-year-old Dutchman.
“That’s why we have that belief. It’s a matter of time and I hope we can prove it against Wolfsburg.
“I have the experience as a manager that the targets shall come.”
No pressure on Martial – Van Gaal
Martial scored four targets in his 1st four matches following his £36m transfer from Monaco in September, but has netted just when in his previous 13 matches.
“We have to give him time and that’s often hard when you are playing for a group like Manchester United due to the fact the expectations are really high,” said Van Gaal.
“But I am extremely convinced that he will continue with his performances, and that he shall score at the proper moment once again.
“You can not count on a 20-year-old player coming to the Premier League to score each and every week. I did not expect it either.
“When he came he was accelerating in the start off of his campaign at Manchester United. I know that and I have to explain it to everyone simply because he does not require that stress to score each and every match.”
‘Man Utd had far better pay attention’
Wolfsburg know they will attain the Champions League knockout phase for the 1st time with a draw, but coach Dieter Hecking insists his team will not be content material to play for just a point.
Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up will finish as group winners if they beat United.
“We want to win, and I consider my players want to win too. We spend consideration to a lot of items, but Manchester United had far better pay attention to us,” said Hecking.
“I do not really feel any pressure, I am just really searching forward to this game and I know my group will do all they can to make history.
“We’ve not considered progressing with a draw.”
Wolfsburg are presently fifth in the German prime flight and boast a formidable record at the Volkswagen Arena, where they lost for the 1st time in 29 house Bundesliga matches on Saturday, an injury-time defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
And Wolfsburg’s former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle says it is critical to score initial against United to increase their chances of avoiding an additional defeat.
“If we can get it, then psychologically it will be great for us simply because we’ll get a tiny bit a lot more space,” said the 25-year-old Germany international.
“It really is going to be difficult to get the ball so we have to be really aggressive.
“This is a excellent game – we are going to give almost everything we can, truly go for it.”