LASK vs Manchester United Preview

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Manchester United go into this game in good spirits after an emphatic Derby Day win extended United's unbeaten run to ten matches, winning eight and scoring 24 goals. They travel to Austria to play the league leaders, LASK in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the Europa League. This game, like many others around Europe, will be played behind closed doors due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus which puts United's next match against Tottenham in doubt as London has the most cases in the UK totalling over 100 at the current time of writing. However all that United are focused on now is LASK and putting in the groundwork for qualification to the next round of the Europa League:

Teams: LASK and Manchester United
Date: Thursday 12th March 2020
KO: 17:55 GMT
Location: Linzer Stadion
Managers: Valerien Ismael and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Referee: Arthur Soares Diaz

Team News: 
Manchester United are of course guaranteed to be without Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba with the latter close to a return perhaps against Tottenham but almost certainly the week after. Anthony Martial has not travelled after sustaining a knock from the post in the Manchester Derby but ought to be fit for the Spurs game and rests should be given to De Gea, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred and Bruno Fernandes.  As for LASK, they are without three players; Petar Filipovic and Philipp Wiesinger are both suspended and Thomas Goiginger is out injured as well.

Interesting Facts:

  • LASK remain unbeaten in their last six Europa League matches and have only lost six games all season in all competitions.
  • Manchester United have had 10 different goalscorers in this competition, more than any other side
  • Manchester United have only won once away from home in Europe this season and have not scored more than one goal away in Europe since the 1-3 win against PSG 360 days ago

Predicted Lineup and Score:
I expect United to make many changes as the Tottenham game is far more important and United can afford a draw going into a home match at Old Trafford should it come to that. I expect at least nine changes to the side that started against Manchester City with perhaps Harry Maguire and Nemanja Matic being the sole survivors. If the game is going well I do expect perhaps Chong or Gomes - whoever is on the bench - to come on and get more experience and I will expect United to have a bit more cutting edge despite the sea of changes predicted. 

Romero, Dalot, Bailly, Maguire (c), Williams, Matic, McTominay, Greenwood, Mata, Lingard, Ighalo

PREDICTED SCORE: 0-2 to United

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