Michy Batshuayi has been watching on the sidelines for Valencia this season… can the Chelsea loanee snag the perfect birthday present and down Manchester United?
- Michy Batshuayi is yet to shine for Valencia but will get a chance at Old Trafford
- The striker has only scored one goal in his seven games since joining on loan
- Batshuayi is set to lead Valencia’s line against Manchester United on Tuesday
- He turns 25 on Tuesday and will be hoping to snap himself a birthday present
Jordan Seward For Mailonline
Michy Batshuayi is yet to find his feet at his new club Valencia but looks set to be handed an opportunity on Tuesday evening against Manchester United.
Batshuayi has spent the majority of his time in Spain watching from the sidelines but is gradually beginning to earn the trust of manager Marcelino Garcia Toral.
The striker, who is celebrating turning 25, netted in their 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo last week and will hope he can mark the occasion by continuing in the same fashion at Old Trafford.
Michy Batshuayi turns 25 today and is hoping to snag a birthday present against Man United
He has never scored against Manchester United in his career but Valencia will be relying on the Belgian man to deliver the goods, having so far struggled for goals this season.
The La Liga side have only managed five goals from seven league games but travel to Old Trafford with their tails up, having registered an impressive away win over Real Sociedad in their last outing.
Jose Mourinho has not established a settled back-four this season either and Batshuayi will fancy his chances against a team who conceded three times against West Ham on the weekend.
The striker training at Old Trafford earlier this week ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie
The Chelsea loanee is yet to find his feet at Valencia but is one of their main attacking threats
BATSHUAYI CAREER CV
2011–2014 Standard Liege
2018 – Borussia Dortmund (loan)
2018– Valencia (loan)
Batshuayi, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund at the backend of last season, will be eager to impress against United with intentions to return to Chelsea next season.
The forward is hoping to make the most of his time in Valencia and put himself in the position to lay down a claim for a starting berth at Chelsea after his time in Spain is over.
He told The Times: ‘No [I’m not looking for a permanent move]. I’ve so much respect for Chelsea and I love them.
‘This loan is important for my development, to show how good I am so that I can go back to Chelsea a better player.’
Maurizio Sarri had envisaged a role for Batshuayi when he first joined Chelsea but decided to ship him out on loan on second assessment.
Shine against United and it may get the Chelsea boss thinking again.
The stage is set for Batshuayi to remind people what he is capable of, and it’s an opportunity he can’t afford to let slip through his fingers.
Batshuayi scored his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo last Wednesday
He wants Chelsea return next season and will do himself a lot of favours by shining at United