Leipzig defender labels Man United 'average' ahead of Champions League encounter
Bundesliga – Schalke 04 v RB Leipzig – Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany – February 22, 2020 RB Leipzig’s Angelino celebrates scoring their fourth goal [REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler]

Manchester City left-back Angelino says current loan club RB Leipzig have nothing to be concerned about against a Manchester United side that can sometimes be “average” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United will face Leipzig in the group stages of the Champions League this season, and welcome the Bundesliga side to Old Trafford at the end of this month.

Leipzig reached the semi-finals of last season’s competition before going on to lose to Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon, and Angelino has rejoined them for a second season after spending the latter half of 2019/20 in Germany.

Paris Saint-Germain and Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir make up the rest of the group, and Angelino isn’t concerned about Leipzig’s opposition.

“I don’t know that much about Basaksehir. We know Paris from the semi-finals in the tournament in Lisbon,” the Spanish left-back told RBLive.

“What I’ve seen from Manchester United so far: sometimes they’re world class, sometimes they’re average. We don’t have to hide.”

Counting last season’s six month spell, Angelino is now on his sixth loan move away from City having also left the club for PSV Eindhoven and then re-signed a year later via a buyback clause.

He played 12 times under Pep Guardiola in the first half of last season, and says he can draw a comparison between the City boss and Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, who he says once tried to sign him for Hoffenheim.

Leipzig defender labels Man United 'average' ahead of Champions League encounter
Champions League – Semi Final – RB Leipzig v Paris St Germain – Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal – August 18, 2020 Paris St Germain’s Neymar in action as Juan Bernat scores their third goal [Manu Fernandez/Pool via REUTERS]

“Both are extremely concerned with football, know a lot, always think proactively and always have new ideas ready,” he said.

“We [him and Nagelsmann] have known each other for a while, and have been in contact before, when he was still a trainer in Hoffenheim. The coach trusts me.

“I can feel that and give it back with performance, and his style of play matches my qualities exactly.”

 

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