Manchester United vs Feyenoord
For one more derby Manchester Utd failed to win, this time against Arsenal (1:1). Although they were better in the longest duration of the match, they failed to score the second goal and clean the game. Instead, they accepted the equalizer one minute before full time. Many nerves by Mourinho, with the way the game evolved, in a statement said that his team is by far the most unlucky team in England.
In Europe things are still irresolute for Manchester Utd. In the previous match they lost in Turkey 2:1 by Fenerbahce, and they are in the third position of the group with six points, one point behind Fenerbahce and Feyenoord. For tonight's game, there is no other result than victory for Utd in the qualifying case.
At home Manchester Utd remains unbeaten in 13 European games, with 10 wins and three draws. Good news that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has good chances to start in the main lineup, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is suspended in the league, will start normally. Marouane Fellaini is doubtful to participate, while regular defenders Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling will both miss the game due to injuries.
Feyenoord returned to action on Sunday with a 3-0 home win over Zwolle. They were severe throughout the game and not allowed the guests to appear threatening. After two draws against Heerenven at home and Zorya away, and a defeat away to Go Ahead Eagles, the win was necessary for Feyenoord to get back their morale.
In Europe they still have their chances, as they are looking capable of good things and shown competitive till now. Main stopper Eric Botteghin (13 games, 1 goal) is suspended, while left back Terence Kongolo (12 games, 1 goal), central midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (12 games, 4 goals), keeper Kenneth Vermeer and defender Sven van Beek will all miss the game due to injuries.
I have the feeling that this is the ideal time for Manchester United to gain some morale. A good result will bring them very close to qualification to the next stage of Europa League. It is time to find their good selves and also time for bad luck to flee away. As a squad they are better than Feyenoord and in Old Trafford they cannot play that bad like the game in Holland where they lost 1:0.