Defending Europe champion Manchester United will take on Danish Superliga champion AaB Aalborg tomorrow (30 September 2009) away at the Energi Nord Arena. Let me be first to share some interesting similarities between the two clubs in terms of their performance. Both Manchester United and AaB Aalborg are the defending champions in their respective domestic tournaments and both the clubs got off to a poor start this season. Manchester United currently stands in the 9th place, having played five matches so far this season. AaB Aalborg, similarly, is struggling to put their title defense challenge back on track as the Danes are just two points above the relegation zone, occupying the 10th place with 7 points from eight matches in the 12-team competition.
So, it is pretty sure that both Manchester United and AaB Aalborg are not at their best at this moment. However, you will make a mistake if you think that the two clubs are going to present with a dull, less competitive match on Tuesday. In fact, both the sides are trying to be back on the right track. Manchester United defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in their recent premier league match, while AaB Aalborg got a 3-2 hard-fought extra-time victory over Bronshoj BK in the Cup Competition of Denmark football.
Manchester United is the most favorite team in Group E of Champions League 2008-2009. However, they started their title defense campaign with a goalless draw against Villarreal at home. A victory is the ultimate aim for United in the match, considering the fact that AaB Aalborg is the weakest side in the group. So, losing point to AaB Aalborg might be lethal for the Red Devils. So, anything less than a victory against AaB Aalborg will not satisfy the Manchester United.
AaB Aalborg, on the other hand, does not have anything to lose in the match because they know it very well that a defeat to Manchester United would not come as a big shock to them. So, the Danish club will try their best to give as much challenge as possible to Manchester United. Moreover, AaB Aalborg can take inspiration from their Champions league opener at Celtic from where they came out with a point.
The match between AaB Aalborg and Manchester United will be telecast live on ITV 4 television chanel. The match will kick off at 19:45 BST (British Standard Time). ITV is one of the popular television channels in Europe. So, if you reside in Europe or are currently in Europe, then you can enjoy the live action of the match between AaB Aalborg and Manchester United.