Manchester United VS LASK Linz

Manchester United VS LASK Linz

Manchester United play host to LASK in the Europa League round-of-16 second leg with a five-goal advantage on Thursday night.

The Red Devils cruised to a 5-0 win in the first leg and will be confident of progressing to the mini-tournament in Germany for the latter rounds of this season’s Europa League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already secured Champions League football for next season after finishing in the Premier League top four, but having come up short in the FA Cup semi-finals last month, the Norwegian will be desperate to clinch his first piece of silverware in the dugout.

It will take a monumental effort from Valerien Ismael’s side to reach the quarter-finals, but crazier things have happened in football. So, will this be a routine win for the hosts? Or can the Black-Whites pull something special out of the bag?

Man Utd & LASK’s first leg line-ups:

  • Man Utd: Romero; Williams, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw*; Fred, McTominay, Mata, Fernandes, James; Ighalo.
  • LASK: Schlager; Ramsebner, Trauner, Ranftl; Reiter, Holland, Michorl, Renner; Tetteh, Klauss, Frieser.

Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are all ruled out of this fixture, but further forward, Solskjaer has a full squad to select from. 

Published: 18:38, 4 August 2020

Manchester United play host to LASK in the Europa League round-of-16 second leg with a five-goal advantage on Thursday night.

The Red Devils cruised to a 5-0 win in the first leg and will be confident of progressing to the mini-tournament in Germany for the latter rounds of this season’s Europa League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have already secured Champions League football for next season after finishing in the Premier League top four, but having come up short in the FA Cup semi-finals last month, the Norwegian will be desperate to clinch his first piece of silverware in the dugout.

It will take a monumental effort from Valerien Ismael’s side to reach the quarter-finals, but crazier things have happened in football. So, will this be a routine win for the hosts? Or can the Black-Whites pull something special out of the bag?


Man Utd & LASK’s first leg line-ups:

  • Man Utd: Romero; Williams, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw*; Fred, McTominay, Mata, Fernandes, James; Ighalo.
  • LASK: Schlager; Ramsebner, Trauner, Ranftl; Reiter, Holland, Michorl, Renner; Tetteh, Klauss, Frieser.

Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are all ruled out of this fixture, but further forward, Solskjaer has a full squad to select from. 

Players to watch:

  • Man Utd: Since the resumption of football on these shores, Man Utd have been in exceptional form, losing just one game in 11 and finding the back of the net at an alarming rate. Bruno Fernandes has undoubtedly played a huge part in that upturn in form, but the growing emergence of Mason Greenwood has added extra potency to Solskjaer’s attacking third. The free-scoring teenager ran riot in the Premier League towards the latter stages, but he has been firing them in for fun in the Europa League all season. Thus far he has netted five goals, the second-most of any player in the tournament, and will be looking to add to that total in the coming weeks.
  • LASK: If the Austrian club are to pull off one of the great comebacks of modern football, then they will need their most clinical players on song and in the form of their lives. One player who could make an impact in this game is Marko Raguz, the 22-year-old Austrian forward, who has netted five goals in the Europa League this season, more than any of his teammates. It’s a tall order, but Raguz has shown he has the capacity to make a difference in this tournament, and Solskjaer should be wary of this threat.

Scoreline prediction: Man Utd 2-0 LASK

Europa League 2019/20 recent form:

  • Man Utd: WWDWL
  • LASK: LWDWW

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