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Manchester United are still expected to reach the last eight of the Champions League

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Manchester United are still expected to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite their opening game defeat to PSV Eindhoven.

The Red Devils secured qualification for Europe's elite competition by finishing fourth last season and are expected to challenge on all fronts this campaign.

Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession at the Philips Stadion, the Red Devils fell to a 2-1 defeat and their night was made worse by a terrible injury to Luke Shaw.

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Louis van Gaal's men face tough fixtures against CSKA Moscow and VfL Wolfsburg, along with a home tie against PSV, and their qualification to the knockout stages will not be simple. 

However, investors on the New York Stock Exchange were told the club is still expecting to reach the last eight this season.

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As per the Manchester Evening News, a spokesman said: “We’ve not changed our assumptions of the quarter-finals for the Champions League.”

United's passage to the knockout rounds was made more complicated by their inability to convert their chances in Holland. 

The Red Devils will be expecting to win all of their home matches, but away trips to Russia and Germany will be extremely difficult.

A mid-October visit to Moscow is never easy, but it is likely to become a must-win fixture for the Old Trafford club.

United's next Champions League game is a home tie against Wolfsburg and the 20-time league winners will need to pick up their first three points of the group stage before the trip to CSKA.

Anything less than a win could see United fall short of their expectations in this year's competition.

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