We travel to Norway looking to consolidate top spot in Group K – a feat that, if achieved, will stand us in good stead for the knockout stage of the competition in the New Year.
And in the wake of Sunday’s heavy defeat at Manchester City in the Premier League, central defender Vlad says a successful European excursion can act as the catalyst for a positive result against Manchester United when we return to domestic duty on Sunday lunchtime.
“It’s a good game for us,” insists the Romanian international, currently forced to wear a protective face mask on the pitch as he continues his recovery from the nose injury he suffered against Newcastle United earlier this month
“We need to take what we can from the last defeat and try to win on Thursday to boost our morale.
“I hope we can play to our best and we hope to win the game.”