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Today in Valencia

ManUtd.com's 

Nick Coppack

is travelling with the United squad and you can interact with him on our message board . The views expressed are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Manchester United.

Wednesday September 29 (all times CET, 1hr ahead of UK)

20:29
Right, 15 minutes to kick-off. I think it's time for me to bid you goodnight. You can follow tonight's match on ManUtd.com via Adam Bostock's live text commentary. My match report should be online a few minutes after the final whistle.

19:55 Flag count in the United end currently stands at 12. My favourite: I am not a man, I am Cantona.

19:50 And now, the team news: van der Sar; Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Park; Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Owen, Gibson, Smalling, Macheda, Hernandez.

19:43 I'm in position, high up in the Mestalla, looking out across the pitch. I still can't get over how steep the stands are behind the goals. The team coach arrived to quite a hot reception from the home fans - plenty of booing and whistling, that's for sure. It's going to be a tough atmosphere in here this evening.

18:24 Right, this time we're definitely leaving the hotel for the ground. See you again when I get to the Mestalla...

18:20 I don't want to alarm anyone, but the last time I travelled with United in Europe the Reds' 17-game unbeaten away streak came to an end in Munich and Wayne Rooney suffered a devastating injury. Hang on, can we count the pre-season friendly in Ireland? If so, there's no need to panic: just six back and enjoy the eight goals you're about to see.

17:32 Oh dear, schoolboy error. When United travel in Europe the squad operates on English time, no matter what country you're in. So, if somebody tells you the bus to the stadium will leave at 17:30 you need to remember to take no notice of what the clock on your hotel room wall says. If you forget you find yourself in the foyer an hour early, wondering where everybody else is

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