Manchester United will soon face off with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group stage. Here’s all you need to know about our opponents.
PSV were founded in 1913 as a sports club for employees of electronics giant, Philips. Their home ground is naturally called Philips Stadion and can hold 35,000.
Current boss Philip Cocu was a combative midfielder during his playing career that included stints with AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse, two spells with PSV, Barcelona and the UAE. He also won 101 caps for the Netherlands, scoring 10 goals.
On the field, they are led by captain and current top scorer Luuk de Jong.
This will be the third time that MUFC and PSV have been matched up in European competition.
In 1984, the Reds won a UEFA Cup tie over two legs 1-0 on aggregate. This one went down to extra time and was decided by a late Gordon Strachan penalty in the 97th minute of the second leg.
We met again in 2000 in the Champions League group stage. Eric Gerets was the PSV boss at the time, and he had quite a talented side – featuring Mark van Bommel, Mateja Kezman and Wilfried Bouma among others. Both ties were decided by 3-1 scorelines, with the home side coming out on top in each match. Paul Scholes scored for United in each of the two legs.
PSV have made a net profit of £20m on their transfer dealings this summer – profiting on the sales of Georginio Wijnaldum to Newcastle, and of course Memphis to MUFC.
They mainly feature homegrown Dutch talent; but also buy foreign nationals to fill in any gaps. New arrivals this summer include midfielders Gaston Pereiro, Davy Propper and Andres Guardado – as well as defenders Hector Moreno and Nicolas Isimat-Mirin.
United have done some spectacular transfer business with PSV in the past with Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ji-Sung Park all having joined directly from Eindhoven. All three were terrific signings for MUFC, so here’s hoping that the Memphis deal turns out just as well as these three!