A match from the fifth round of the UEFA Europa League between Manchester United and Feyenoord Rotterdam will be one of more interesting ones this Thursday. Before all a reason for that is Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s men at the Old Trafford will welcome currently the leading team of the Dutch Eredivisie, Feyenoord.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
November 24, 2016 • 20:05 • Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: M. Gräfe
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In addition, these two teams together with the Turkish side Fenerbahce are in “fight” for two places that lead to the knockout stage of the Europa league. The Red Devils have just one point less than the other duo, while the Ukrainian Zorya with just two points won practically are already written off from this race. The first clash between these two sides in Rotterdam ended with a minimum 1-0 win of Feyenoord.
Manchester United after a minimum 1-0 defeat in Rotterdam at home managed to beat Zorya and Fenerbahce. Two wins with which Mourinho’s men again returned in play for a place that leads to the next round. However, already in the next round in Turkey they’ve limited their chances with a 2-1 defeat by Fenerbache.
This Thursday match at the Old Trafford can be called as “to be or not to be” for the Red Devils considering that with another defeat and a win of Fenerbache their chances of reaching the next stage will end since both Fenerbache and Feyenoord will have ten points with one round to go and Man Utd will have six points, meaning that a win in the last round won’t mean a thing for them.
Manchester United recently in the English Premier league is playing very changeable, so after a series of four draws, one win and one defeat, Jose Mourinho’s men fell to the sixth place in the table and they are increasingly lagging behind the teams that are in a hunt for the Premier league top.
The good news for the Red Devils and the boost of morale ahead of Europa league match can be their latest games. First Mourinho’s men have snatched three points at the Swans, drew against Arsenal at home 1-1, and knocked their city rivals Man City from the League Cup, thus reached the quarter-finals stage.
Due to injuries, Mourinho still can’t count on defending duo Smalling and Eric Bailly.
Probable lineup of Manchester United: De Gea – Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind – Pogba, Herrera – Mkhitaryan, Rooney Lingard – Ibrahimovic
Feyenoord Rotterdam currently holds the leading position in the Dutch league, despite their recent small “crisis” of two draws and one defeat, but all that they finally managed to break last weekend at home with a convincing 3:0 against FC Zwolle.
In this way, Van Bronckhorst’s men still kept two points ahead of their first followers Ajax, while a third-placed PSV now is six points behind. Otherwise, recent away defeat to Go Ahead Eagles was in fact the first they have experienced this season in the Eredivisie championship, while in Europa League so far lost they’ve lost only away to Fenerbahce.
In the remaining two home games Van Bronckhorst’s men enrolled three home win over Man United and Zorya, both with a minimum 1-0, while they’ve played a draw against the Ukrainians (away), where the whole second half due to a red card they’ve played with one man less. Precisely because of that red card a standard stopper Botteghin won’t play, but recovered Kongolo is set for a return. The goalkeeper Vermeer and defender van Beek remain out due to injuries.
Probable lineup of Feyenoord: Jones – Karsdorp, van der Heijden, Kongolo, Nelom – El Ahmadi, Vilhena, Kuyt – Toornstra, Jorgensen, Elia
Considering that both teams this season in Europa league have perfect score at home, it is quite logical that now a role of the favourite belongs to Manchester United and to backup the Red Devils with the BigFreeBet should be easier, especially they are unbeaten in their last 13 European games at Old Trafford (inc. qualifiers), but on the other hand, guests from Rotterdam are aware that a defeat at the Old Trafford could cost them a lot so we expect that this Thursday night they fight bitterly at Old Trafford. Feyenoord not to lose with two goals difference.