After a comfortable win in Paris last week the pressure is now on Manchester United as they welcome RB Leipzig to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Having defeated Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain they will be looking to complete the modern football ownership double by beating a club owned by an energy drink. Not much sign of football heritage here, Jose.

Yet the illustrious history of United will count for very little on another cold night in Manchester and Bundesliga leaders Leipzig are not a team known for bowing down to those who normally demand respect.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoys divulging in nostalgia as much as any current manager but it could be a glimpse at the future we get this week rather than a rose-tinted look at the past.

While the Germany table-toppers might be the most notoriously hated side in the Bundesliga they have established themselves as Champions League regulars with a manager, and squad, which has proven itself to be as good as any when things all come together.

Star player Timo Werner left for Chelsea in the summer transfer window, but that didn't stop Leipzig from reaching the Champions League semi-finals, with Julian Nagelsman's side instead proving they are far more of a collective than many people give them credit for.

Yet for all their camaraderie there is still an emphasis on individual talents with centre-back Dayot Upamecano a player who has already established himself as one of the most exciting defenders in all of Europe.

United remain interested in signing a central defender next year with the club retaining an interest in Upamecano, who they first scouted as a teenager, as well as Raphael Varane, who has entered the last two years of his Real Madrid contract.

An emphatic performance from Upamecano this week could do wonders for his reputation in front of a large television audience, while it will also be a chance for Solskjaer to evaluate just how good he is in person.

Speaking two months ago Ruud Gullit explained why the 22-year-old was so special and claimed he could have the same impact at United as Virgil van Dijk did for rivals Liverpool.

"What was the first thing Klopp did with Liverpool? He bought a good defence," the Dutch great said. "I think Man United should start there as well. I saw something amazing with Leipzig and Dayot Upamecano. He was outstanding. He can play football, he’s hard in the tackle. Defence is where I would start if I was Man United."

United did strengthen in the summer transfer window but central defence remains neglected with the club finding it hard to justify a new addition when there are already so many options at the club. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are all out of favour and they need to be shifted before anymore can realistically be brought to the club.

Then there's Axel Tuanzebe. His performance against PSG last week sent shock waves across Europe, but eight days later it will come under scrutiny when compared with a player who could be joining him at Old Trafford next year.

Even if Upamecano were to sign for United there is argument to suggest he could play in a back three alongside both Tuanzebe and Harry Maguire, but the Rochdale-raised centre-back will be keen to prove why there doesn't need to be any alternative to him.

His place on the bench against Chelsea at the weekend was disappointing, although predictable, but now Tuanzebe will be looking to do what he has done so often and make up for more lost time.

Another shining performance this week could cement his place as Harry Maguire's long-term partner at Old Trafford, failure to do so might provide Upamecano with his own chance to stake a claim.