Julian Nagelsmann’s league leaders take on Manchester United this week and are working to fill the gap left by Timo Werner
It is a depleted RB Leipzig squad that will arrive at Old Trafford on Wednesday. No matter. Facing Manchester United in the Champions League is still a pleasure, but it no longer feels like a special treat for a club that reached the semi-finals last season, while Ole Gunnar Solsjkær’s side had to content themselves with the Thursday night version of continental action.
Julian Nagelsmann will do his Monday morning head count with Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer among those definitely out and doubts over the always-running Kevin Kampl and Nordi Mukiele. The coach will make light of it, as he already has done since Leipzig fell short in the last four against PSG in Lisbon. The feeling on that August night was that perhaps the club’s youth-focused recruitment model had met its natural ceiling. Two months on, Saturday’s 2-1 win over Hertha maintained their lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Written by Andy Brassell
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