RB Leipzig can ‘definitely’ beat Manchester United and shouldn’t be intimidated by Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side after their ‘meagre’ results in the Premier League, says Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus.
United welcome the Bundesliga team to Old Trafford on Tuesday night with a chance to earn maximum points from their first two Champions League group stage clashes.
The Red Devils produced a vintage counter-attacking display against Paris Saint-Germain last week, coming away with a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes courtesy of a late Marcus Rashford winner.
Leipzig are currently top of the Bundesliga table after picking up four wins and a draw in their first five league matches this season.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, beating the likes of Tottenham and Atletico Madrid on the way.
German World Cup winner Matthaus pointed towards United’s league position of 15th as a reason why Leipzig shouldn’t fear the trip to Old Trafford.
‘The Bundesliga leaders are seamlessly building on the great last season. The team has become even more mature and grown up.
‘After the departure of [Patrik] Schick and [Timo] Werner, [Yussuf] Poulsen and [Emil] Forsberg are experiencing something like a second wind.
‘The team now finish off games without taking unnecessary risks. The 2-0 win against Basaksehir or the 2-1 win against Hertha Berlin show that Leipzig are becoming more stable and that they are very intelligent at work.
‘Especially not if you look at the Premier League table. After five games, the English team are in 15th place. Only seven points and nine goals scored, 12 conceded are the meagre results at the start of the season.
‘So Leipzig can definitely win.’