Anderlecht vs Manchester United by Isaiah
Anderlecht is generally in a decent period right now, but the team comes from a setback last weekend as they took just a point in a goalless draw in front of own fans against Gent last weekend. The game itself wasn't that bad as the final result shows, since the home team did look better and probably did deserve more than just a point.
On the other side, neither players of Gent looked very bad, since the visiting team also had their number of chances, but both sides lacked more concentration in the final effort. After this point taken, Anderlecht actually improved their chances since all results came as draw, so the team continues to stand first at the table, having four points more than their closest followers from Club Brugge.
Anderlecht will be playing most likely in 4-3-3 formation, using Hanni and Chipciu as wingers, plus Teodorczyk as central striker. Right (and sometimes left) full back Andy Najar (9/0) is injured for this one having already missed few matches earlier this month. Overall, nine players are just one booking away from suspension in the next leg.
Manchester United reacted well after their two consecutive home draws (against West Brom and Everton), as the side took a comfortable 3:0 victory away from home against Sunderland last Sunday evening. Ibrahimovic brought the visiting side into the lead in 30th minute, while the hosts stood playing with a man less in 43rd minute when midfielder Larsson got red carded.
From that moment on, the job was much easier for the visiting side, as the Red Devils sealed the victory easily thanks to goals from Mkhitaryan in 46th and Rashford in 89th minute. United is now again at fifth position at the moment, having four points less than Champions League placed Manchester City, but also a game less played which means that their chances are still high of playing in the Champions League next season.
Visitors from England will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation, with Ibrahimovic as central striker, plus Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Rashford as offensive midfielders. Few changes are expected in their lineup, since right back Ashley Young (8/0), central defenders Chris Smalling (15/1), Phil Jones (14/0) and offensive midfieler Juan Mata (22/6) miss this trip. Sergio Romero is expected to continue in goal, with David De Gea working his back back to full fitness.
- Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
This is one of rare chances for Manchester United to bring some joy to their fans and I'm pretty positive that the visitors will repond in the best possible way. Individual quality is with their side and with a proper motive now, I'm sure their chances of getting out victorious are way above 50%.