PSV do not fear Manchester United, warns Cocu

The Dutch side will meet Louis van Gaal’s men in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday and the former Barcelona midfielder insists his men are ready to pull off an upset


PSV head coach Phillip Cocu insists that his side do not fear Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Louis van Gaal’s side are heavy favourites to finish top of a group consisting of the Dutch champions, Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow, with their 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday providing a welcome morale boost.

However, Cocu’s side thumped Cambuur 6-0 over the weekend and the former Netherlands midfielder has warned that they are determined to prove their quality on Tuesday.

“I think we should respect each opponent, but we are not afraid of Manchester United,” he told reporters. “We have no intention of throwing in the towel before we even get started. On the contrary, we want to make the most of this opportunity.

“These are the kinds of games everybody is really looking forward to. It was the same for me back in the days. We might have to slow down some of the players rather than motivate them. I think it is very important that everybody keeps a cool head. You have to remain focused. Details will be decisive.

“We are not going into the game thinking that we are likely to lose. That’s a negative approach. Our goal is to bag the full three points here, but we cannot afford to be naive.”

Cocu – who confirmed that Adam Maher will not be fit for the clash – has also paid tribute to Van Gaal, who coached him during his spell at Barcelona.

“We worked together in the national team and at Barcelona as my coach. He made me a better coach, with the tactical skills, the way he worked with the team,” he added. “Since I became a coach we sometimes met  but we didn’t speak about how we play the game.”

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