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PSV captain Luuk de Jong keen to surprise Manchester United

by Sam Koster

PSV Eindhoven captain Luuk De Jong knows his side will have to stay focused when they face Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The two teams will clash in the first game of the Champions League group stages on Tuesday, with Memphis Depay set to feature against his old club for the first time.

The two teams last met in October 2000 in a game where United came away as winners and De Jong feels PSV will have to remain alert if they are to stop a repeat of that result.

He said: “It is a nice game to play and we are facing an amazing opponent. It would be fantastic if we could spring a surprise.

“They have a number of players with a lot of individual quality, we can not afford to lose focus.

“They make the most of each minor mistake, we have to remain alert for the full 90 minutes.”

Speaking about Memphis, the PSV captain added: “It will be great to play against him, we all hope that we can beat him on Tuesday.”

PSV are obviously treating this game with the utmost respect, further proving that despite their absence from the competition, United are not considered as lightweights amongst Europe’s elite.

What Louis van Gaal must do is ensure that his side are treating PSV in exactly the same way and not underestimate a team which won the Eredivisie last year.

The Dutchman would be wise to look towards the inside knowledge held by Memphis who played for PSV for nine years and was integral to their title-winning campaign last year.

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