‘We are the favourites’ – Copenhagen star taunts Manchester United ahead of crucial Champions League clash
United struggled against the Danish champions at Old Trafford.
United take on Copenhagen at Parken on Wednesday night as they look to rescue their Champions League campaign after defeats in their opening two games.
But they kept their qualification hopes alive with a 1-0 win over this week’s opposition last time out with Andre Onana making a crucial injury time penalty save to help them get over the line.
United sit in third place with three points and desperately need another win under their belts ahead of a daunting trip to Galatasaray at the end of the month before Bayern come to Old Trafford in the final group game in December.
Copenhagen, having taken just one point from their opening three matches, can still qualify for the knockout stages themselves with Diks insisting his side have already shown they can get the better of United.
‘I would say we are [favourites],’ Diks said. ‘We are in Parken and we have the fans behind us. We have had magical evenings at Parken and this will help us.
‘I am not saying that we are always favourites against them. But we have shown what we can do against them. We are in a good position, so with our game plan we can make it difficult for all opponents. We will see. But of course, I see us as favourites.’
United were outplayed by Copenhagen for large portions of the match at Old Trafford in October with Harry Maguire’s 72nd minute header the difference on the night.
Scott McTominay gave away a penalty in the dying seconds with Jordan Larsson, son of Celtic legend Henrik, denied by Onana.
‘It’s not about luck. We have to give a little more to make the result go our way,’ Diks continued.
‘It’s the little things that decide the matches in the Champions League. You see that many raise their level in the big matches, and if you don’t take the last sprint, you don’t win those matches.
‘So even though we played close to perfect in Manchester, we have to do our part to make sure it’s a goal and not a goal for us this time.’
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