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Preview: Manchester United vs LASK

LASK vs United
Old Trafford plays host for the final time this season

It’s the resumption of our UEFA Europe League campaign on Wednesday evening, as we welcome LASK for the second leg.

United go into the match at Old Trafford with a comfortable lead. 

Ole’s side came out 5-0 victors after a strong performance in Austria back in March.

This will be the final home game of the extended 2019/20 campaign. The latter stages of the tournament will continue on in a one-legged format on neutral ground – Germany.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match!

Team News

Manchester United

Ole revealed in his pre-match presser that Jesse Lingard will be starting, and the team he selects won’t be too different to the last time these two sides met.

From that encounter – Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo were the only ones also involved in the last Premier League game against Leicester City.

The boss has said Phil Jones will not be involved. But he is close to a return and could possibly make a comeback in the latter stages of the competition.

He also gave an update on Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw. Both are expected to be out until September, in which case their seasons have come to an early end.

Several youngsters in the form of Ethan Galbraith, James Garner, Ethan Laird and Teden Mengi have been added to the squad, so we could see opportunities presented to them, just as we saw against FC Astana in the group stages when Ole fielded a youthful looking team.

Juan Mata could be in line to make a rare start

LASK

The visitors, who are the lowest-ranked side remaining in the competition according to UEFA’s club coefficients, will be without their leading goalscorer Klauss for their trip to Manchester.

The Brazilian has returned to parent club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim of the German Bundesliga. This was after netting 20 times in 45 games for the Austrians.

Fellow forward Samuel Tetteh has also been recalled, by Red Bull Salzburg. It has left LASK with just two of the four attackers they’ve relied on this season.

However, the Linz side are boosted by the return of defenders Philipp Weisinger and Petar Flipovic. The pair missed the first leg through suspension so their availability will be seen as a welcome boost.

Thomas Goiginger and Marvin Potzmann were both absent for the game in March with cruciate ligament injuries. They have yet to recover.

Klauss and Tetteh will be a huge miss for the visitors

Previous Meeting

LASK 0 Manchester United 5

In the first leg, United scored five times without reply, including twice in added time, to claim their biggest away win in the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, while also inflicting the heaviest European home defeat for the hosts in the process.

Odion Ighalo supplied a sumptuous first-half strike, before Daniel James, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and –  with the last kick of the game – Andreas Pereira added further goals in the second period to round off an emphatic win.

Thoughts

As mentioned above, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he will select a Manchester United side similar to the one that thrashed Wednesday’s opponents in the first leg of their round-of-16 Europa League tie.

We’ll be hosting the Austrians five months later than scheduled in what will be our European resumption. 

We enter the fixture with a comfortable and healthy lead. Solskjaer is expected to make wholesale changes to the team which ground out an important 2-0 win in the Midlands just 10 days ago.

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New LASK boss Dominik Thalhammer

Prediction

No team has overturned a five-goal first-leg deficit. It would be one of European football’s all-time greatest upsets should LASK become the first, at Old Trafford no less.

With United expected to put out a makeshift side, LASK will fancy their chances of at least coming away with a win, if not on aggregate. We should not take the game for granted and whoever starts will have an opportunity to force their way into the starting XI for games in the next stage(s).

I expect United to come away with a win as the individual quality might just be a little too telling.

Mason Greenwood will be looking to add to his tally of 17 goals

Who do you think starts for us? Will Ole spring a surprise? Share your thoughts with us!

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