Man Utd vs FC Copenhagen LIVE: Champions League latest score and updates after Sir Bobby Charlton tributes

Manchester United are in desperate need of a victory in this season’s Champions League and will hope to earn one when they take on FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford this evening.

Erik ten Hag’s men slumped to a disappointing 3-2 defeat at home to Galatasary last time out in the European top flight and three points would keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive after two consecutive defeats.

It’s set to be an emotional evening at Old Trafford in what their first home match since the passing of club legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who captained United to their first-ever European Cup in 1968.

United will pay tribute to Charlton with a minute’s silence before the game, while a wreath will be on his seat in the directors’ box and players and staff will wear black armbands.

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Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen live

  • Manchester United take on FC Copenhagen in the Champions League with kick off at 8pm, live on TNT Sports 2

  • The match is the first game played at Old Trafford since the death of Sir Bobby Charlton

  • United are last in Group A after consecutive defeats and need to win to keep their campaign on track

  • Man Utd XI: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Amrabat, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund

  • Copenhagen XI: Grabara; Jelert, Diks, Vavro, Ankersen; Lerager, Falk, Goncalves; Achouri, Claesson, Elyounoussi

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Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

19:57 , Mike Jones

The players make their way onto the pitch at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes leads out Manchester United who seem quietly confident ahead of this crucial clash.

The fans have already begun singing for Sir Bobby Charlton who passed away earlier this week. It’ll be an emotional night, can United earn a first Champions League win of the season?

Kick off is up next...

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

19:54 , Mike Jones

In the other Group A match of the night Bayern Munich have defeated Galatasary 3-1 away from home. Harry Kane got a goal and an assist in that one to help the German champions cement their place at the top of the table.

It’s good news for Man Utd who need to win tonight to keep in touch with both Copenhagen and Galatasary. Their best chance of qualifying for the knockouts will probably come for finishing second behind Bayern.

Jacob Neestrup previews the match

19:50 , Mike Jones

Copenhagen coach, Jacob Neestrup, is aiming to pick up all three points against Manchester United tonight saying: “If we are to get one or three points tonight, we must respect United, but we must also respect our own strengths.

“This is an iconic and historic stadium, but if we do our job right on the pitch, there will be periods of time where you can hear our near-3,000 fans more than the home fans.”

Erik ten Hag expecting emotional night at Old Trafford after Sir Bobby Charlton’s death

19:45 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag urged Manchester United to win and to do so in style as a fitting tribute to the late Sir Bobby Charlton when they host FC Copenhagen.

Charlton captained Manchester United to victory in the 1968 European Cup and Ten Hag feels his team, who have lost their first two Champions League games of the current campaign, have to beat the Danish side on Tuesday evening.

It will be United’s first match at Old Trafford since Charlton died at the age of 86 and Ten Hag expects it to be an emotional affair.

Erik ten Hag expecting emotional night at Old Trafford after Bobby Charlton’s death

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

19:40 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag’s team took part in the Europa League in 2022/23, finishing second in their group behind Real Sociedad and then beating Barcelona and Real Betis in the knockout rounds before being eliminated in the quarter-finals by another Spanish side, eventual winners Sevilla.

United won four of their six home games in last season’s Europa League and the defeat to Galatasaray was their fourth in their last 23 European matches at Old Trafford (they’ve won 15 of those).

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

19:35 , Mike Jones

That 2020 match against Copenhagen is Manchester United’s last against a Danish club.

United’s most recent encounters before that fixture came against Midtjylland in the 2015/16 Europa League round of 32 where they recovered from a 2-1 first-leg loss in Denmark to win 5-1 in Manchester.

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

19:30 , Mike Jones

The most recent meeting between the teams saw Manchester United beat Copenhagen in a one-off Europa League quarter-final in Cologne with Bruno Fernandes scoring the only goal from the penalty spot in the 95th minute.

The clubs’ only other meetings came in the 2006/07 Champions League.

United won 3-0 at Old Trafford with Paul Scholes opening the scoring. A fortnight later Copenhagen, who were in the group stage for the first time, claimed their first victory thanks to Marcus Allbäck’s 73rd-minute winner.

United ended up topping the group and went on to reach the semi-finals, while Copenhagen finished fourth with seven points.

Sir Bobby Charlton set high standards says Ten Hag

19:25 , Mike Jones

Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag, is hoping his team can live up to the high standards set by Sir Bobby Charlton when they take to the field against FC Copenhagen tonight.

“As you say, Bobby was a legend. A giant. Not only for Manchester United but for football,” Ten Hag said during his pre-match press conference.

“What he left were the standards. The high standards we have to live every day and of course, first of all, our thoughts are with his family. With his wife, with his children, with his grandchildren.

“But what he meant for Manchester United, the importance, the standards he set, we have to live and the last couple of days, they were emphasised.”

Ten Hag on Copenhagen

19:20 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag gave his pre-match thoughts about Manchester United’s opponents tonight saying: “They are doing very well.

“Against Galatasaray and Bayern Munich they play two very good games. So it’s an opponent who is very strong, very physical, very well organised. But as I said, it’s about us and how we play against them.”

Sir Bobby Charlton: England’s greatest ever player and the artist of 1966

19:15 , Mike Jones

Two elderly men were suited. In one case, he was much smarter than normal, dressed up for the occasion. He was the taller, more angular, with the more pronounced Northumbrian accent, but the resemblance was nonetheless apparent. He was the older, too, and had long referred to a knight of the realm as “Our Kid”. He adopted a slightly more formal approach, while seemingly choking up. “Bobby Charlton is the greatest player I’ve ever seen,” he said. “He’s me brother.”

It was 15 years ago, when Jack Charlton presented his younger brother with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The clip has an added poignancy after Bobby’s death at 86; three years ago, a couple of months after his 85th birthday, Jack had died.

The brothers were different players and very different characters – the wisecracking, outspoken Jack was more of a man of the people, but Bobby’s quiet dignity gave him a statesmanlike air. They were not always close but their achievements will live on. There have been 22 men’s football World Cups and only two sets of brothers have won the most prestigious of prizes: Fritz and Ottmar Walter for West Germany in 1954, Bobby and Jack Charlton at West Germany’s expense in 1966.

Sir Bobby Charlton: England’s greatest ever player and the artist of 1966

Dalot on Charlton’s legacy

19:10 , Mike Jones

“I mean it was something that individually, when I arrived at the club that I tried to know a bit more about the history of the club,’’ said Diogo Dalot about first joining Manchester United and learning about Bobby Charlton.

“Whether it was the close history or a little bit more long history. Hearing about Sir Bobby was something that you had to hear, no matter what.

“If you were here for one day or for several years, you obviously had to know him. This type of legend is something is someone you should follow. Not just on the impact at the club, but also for English football, for world football he was an example.

“For something like me who likes to follow good examples, he was definitely one of those and he will be present on me for the rest of my career.”

Dalot on Charlton

19:05 , Mike Jones

Diogo Dalot was on pre-match press duties for Manchester United and was asked about the impact Sir Bobby Charlton had on the club.

Dalot, who scored a late winner against Sheffield United at the weekend, has seen that goal compared with some of Charlton’s as tributes for the United legend continue to flood it.

“I mean first it is a big privilege,” said the defender. “When you combine Sir Bobby’s goal and they relate to one of yours, it is always a privilege to hear that. I was fortunate enough to get to know him since I arrived at the club and he would often be there after the games with us, no matter if we won the game or lost the game.

“He was always there to be ready to give you a word of appreciation, he would often say that we have to play a little bit better. But that just represents the standard of the club and the standard that he wanted for this club.

“I think this is something that we have to look back and see, if legends like this got the club to win the best titles, the best games, scoring the best goals, we have to follow those steps. He was one of those that for sure you should follow in his steps.”

Fans lay flowers and scarves at Old Trafford following death of Bobby Charlton

19:00 , Mike Jones

Manchester United fans have flocked to Old Trafford to pay tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton following his death aged 86.

A book of condolence was opened at 10am on Sunday 22 October in the International Suite and supporters laid flowers and scarves and left messages for one of their most famous sons.

Manchester United can take inspiration from Sir Bobby Charlton on must-win European night

18:55 , Mike Jones

Many have already flocked to Old Trafford over the past few days following the death of Sir Bobby Charlton, but tonight’s visit of Copenhagen in the Champions League offers the masses a chance to pay tribute.

“With the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, their hero and the legend, [the night] will be more emotional,” Erik ten Hag said. Charlton defined United for many. Then, as the club lost its way, he defined what it should stand for: flair on the field, dignity and humility off it. “The standards he set, they were emphasised in the last couple of days,” added Ten Hag.

Old Trafford is testament to Charlton’s life and legacy, as well as to the importance of Europe to United. There are stands named after only two men: Charlton, the 1968 European Cup-winning captain, and Ferguson, the manager of the teams who won the Champions League in 1999 and 2008.

Man Utd can take inspiration from Sir Bobby Charlton on must-win night

Manchester United team changes

18:50 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag makes two changes to the team that defeated Sheffield United at the weekend with Jonny Evans and Victor Lindelof being replaced in the back line by Raphael Varane and Sergio Reguilon.

Harry Maguire keeps his place after his Player of the Match performance during United’s victory over the Blades.

Manchester United vs Copenhagen line-ups

18:47 , Mike Jones

Man Utd XI: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Amrabat, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

Copenhagen XI: Grabara; Jelert, Diks, Vavro, Ankersen; Lerager, Falk, Goncalves; Achouri, Claesson, Elyounoussi

Man Utd to pay tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton

18:40 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag believes tonight’s match will be an emotional one as it will be Manchester United’s first home game since club legend Sir Bobby Charlton’s death was announced on Saturday.

A tribute to the 1966 World Cup winner has been planned with the players wearing black armbands and a minute’s silence taking place before the game.

“He is a huge inspiration for us every day.” said Ten Hag.

“He is in front of Old Trafford, with Denis Law and George Best [in the statue]. He is always with us. I am sure it will be even more a very emotional evening.”

Hojlund set for family reunion

18:35 , Mike Jones

Rasmus Hojlund will face his younger twin brothers and former club when Man Utd take on FC Copenhagen this evening.

The Danish international joined United from Serie A side Atalanta in the summer for £72m and has scored three goals for the Red Devils - all in the Champions League defeats to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray.

His 18-year-old twin brothers, Emil and Oscar, are signed at Copenhagen, with the latter expected to be part of the squad travelling to Old Trafford.

“You know it’s a special game for him,” Ten Hag said, “He grew up at the club and you know he will be highly motivated. It’s for me, for the team but especially of course for him to use that in the right direction, the right balance.”

Sergio Reguilon could return for Man Utd

18:30 , Mike Jones

Left-back Sergio Reguilon could be fit to start for Manchester United in their crucial Champions League game against FC Copenhagen tonight.

The Red Devils are struggling with injuries but Reguilon has recently recovered despite missing Saturday’s win at Sheffield United because of illness.

“Sergio got ill for Saturday so he was fit,” Erik ten Hag said.

“He trained all week last week and yesterday [Sunday] he was back in part training. He will train [on Monday] and then we have to assess if he is ready and game fit or if he can be involved in the squad. We have to wait for that.”

How Jim Ratcliffe’s personal approach outmanoeuvred Qatar in the race to buy Man United

18:25 , Mike Jones

By the time that Sheikh Jassim’s camp made it known they were withdrawing their bid to buy Manchester United, the Glazers were barely paying attention. The truth was that the Qatari businessmen had actually pulled out days before, after final desperate talks with his representative Shahzad Shahbaz in the second week of October. This was all because Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos group have actually been in talks about a minority stake for at least two months.

That move came from a crucial calculation, that looks to have set a path to “victory”. It may even lead to majority ownership of Man United, depending on talks in the next few weeks. Ratcliffe and his advisors suspected from the very start that the six Glazer siblings wouldn’t be able to agree on a full sale, and the signs of that were all too clear as long ago as April.

The process had already been unusually protracted, as it went to a third round of bids. While four of the siblings wanted to sell at a price of at least £6bn, the two brothers most involved with United - Avram and Joel - were intent on staying involved. That meant the unanimity necessary for a full sale would probably never happen.

How Ratcliffe’s approach outmanoeuvred Qatar in the race to buy Man United

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen prediction

18:20 , Mike Jones

Boosted by a couple of tight wins in the Premier League and with the impact of a packed stadium wanting to win to remember Sir Bobby Charlton, Erik ten Hag’s men should secure a much-needed win and boost their group-stage hopes.

Manchester United 1-0 Copenhagen.

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen predicted line-ups

18:15 , Mike Jones

Man Utd XI: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon; Amrabat, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

Copenhagen XI: Grabara; Jelert, Diks, Vavro, Sorensen; Goncalves, Falk, Claesson; Achouri, Larsson, Elyounoussi.

Manchester United fans paying tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton ahead of kick off

18:13 , Mike Jones

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen team news

18:10 , Mike Jones

Casemio’s red card in United’s previous group stage game against Galatasaray means the Brazilian midfielder is suspended for this game.

He joins a host of longer-term absentees with Lisandro Martinez, Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw all missing the game.

There may well be a return for Sergio Reguilon at left-back as the Spaniard continues his recovery from a minor hamstring niggle.

Copenhagen left-back Birger Meling went off in the Danish side’s win over Vejle on Saturday and will be unavailable for Tuesday’s clash.

Wiliam Clem, Noah Sahsah and Nicolai Boilesen remain out of contention for Jacob Neestrup’s side but they will be able to welcome back Elias Jelert after serving his suspension for a red card.

How to watch Manchester United vs Copenhagen

18:05 , Mike Jones

The match will kick off at 8pm BST on Tuesday 24 October at Old Trafford.

It will be shown live on TNT Sports 2, with coverage starting from 7pm. TNT Sports subscribers can also stream the match on Discovery+.

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Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

18:00 , Mike Jones

Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action as Manchester United host FC Copenhagen.

The game is the first to be played at Old Trafford since the death of Sir Bobby Charlton and United boss, Erik ten Hag, is expecting an emotional evening as the fans pay their respects to the departed legend.

The Red Devils are bottom of Group A after the first two matches of their campaign so far. Defeats to Bayern Munich and Galatasary have put United on the back foot and in desperate need of a win.

Copenhagen will be a tricky team to get past but two recent Premier League wins for Man Utd will give them confidence to go out and get a positive result.

We’ll have all the build-up, team news and match action as the night goes on so stick with us.