Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven: The history

Manchester United’s astounding 4-0 victory in the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Belgian side, Club Brugge saw them qualify for the group stages after a season of absence.

They were drawn into Group B on Thursday in what could prove to be a difficult test for Louis van Gaal’s side when they were drawn against Wolfsburg, CSKA Moscow and Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.

The two sides have a vast and rich history in their own separate countries but have only clashed on four occasions in their history. United just have the edge over their Dutch counterparts with two victories to the one draw and defeat.

Here is look back at the brief history between the two sides.

1984/85 UEFA Cup

These two clubs met way back in 1984 in the UEFA Cup competition, the two giants first clash wasn’t really a classic with the first leg of their round 2 clash ending in a goalless draw at the Phillips Stadion.

Gordon Strachan proved to be difference in the return leg at Old Trafford with the Scotsman penalty knocking out their Dutch opponents, United, under Ron Atkinson, would reach the quarter-final stages of competition, defeating Dundee United before tasting defeat to Videoton.

2000/01 UEFA Champions League

It would be another 16 years until the two clubs would meet again at the turn of the new millennium and this time in the Europe’s elite competition.

PSV seemed to be United’s most difficult opponent in the group stages, in a group that included both Dynamo Kiev and Anderlecht and the Dutch club certainly proved a problem in their first meeting in Holland.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side got off to the perfect start with Paul Scholes converting from the penalty spot two minutes into the game. From there however, the home side showed total domination ran by young striker Mateja Kezman with goals from Raimond Van Der Gouw, Mark van Bommel before the Serbian rounded off the astounding victory.

United got their revenge at Old Trafford on the next match day, the result of the match would very much put United’s passage beyond the group stages in the balance and got off to a great start with Teddy Sheringham’s early opener.

However, Van Bommel’s second-half equaliser had many in Old Trafford on the edge of their seats, however two late goals, which had become a staple of Ferguson’s side, from Scholes and Dwight Yorke gave them the vital three points. United kicked on from there and managed to make it all the way to the quarter-finals before been defeated by eventual winners Bayern Munich.


 The two sides may not have a lot of history playing wise, but there is a rich history of players making the move to Old Trafford with eventual club legends such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy making a move between the two.

Their recent acquisition has been Memphis Depay who made his £25m move to Old Trafford only this summer after lighting up the Eredivisie and has had a brilliant start to life in England and the midfielder will be looking to be reuniting with his old club.

United will travel to PSV on Tuesday, September 15 before they make the return leg on Wednesday, November 25.