That means there is less pressure to win the Europa League finals tournament in Germany later this month, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Red Devils must first navigate the second leg of their last-16 tie against LASK Linz.
United are 5-0 up after a first-leg win in Austria, and will be wearing their new 2020/21 home kit for what should be a routine win.
With kick-off scheduled for 8pm BST, follow the action with James Robson at Old Trafford.
That’s the kind of foul that would infuriate a manager because the LASK man had absolutely nowhere to go.
The Welsh winger tries to return the favour but a timely block from Trauner denies United once again.
The midfielder was apologetic for the tackle and that just might have saved his skin.
Lingard receives the ball in between the lines and he flicks it into Ighalo’s path. The Nigerian takes a clever touch inside his marker but Michorl makes a vital intervention to deny the striker.
Another corner arrives for United and this is where Maguire can be a real handful. So it proves, as he meets Mata’s delivery only to see his header bounce wide of the far post.
LASK are getting closer and United are being undone by long balls over the top.
This time it’s Renner who gets in behind Fosu-Mensah, whips in a fine cross to Raguz and the veteran striker glances over the bar.
“LASK have been very much the better side here.
“Not for the first time, United look a very different prospect when Solskjaer rings the changes. United’s first XI may be top three in the Premier League, but there is a steep drop off when it comes to the back-ups.”
Balic takes it but strikes into the wall and it’s hacked away by McTominay.
The visitors are growing in confidence and United are still struggling to get their rhythm going.
He gets his revenge with a foul on Renner and makes his case to the referee.
18 mins: Ighalo brings it forward from deep and has Mata to his right, trying to delay his run. But the Nigerian goes for goal but scuffs it well wide.
Their passing has felt a little disjointed and lacking fluidity so far, while LASK are showing a lot more ambition than the first leg with absolutely nothing to lose.
An early scare for Man Utd!
Andrade sends his header against the upright before Wiesinger drags his effort wide.
Very nearly the lead there for LASK.
We’ve already seen a 50-yard effort and a couple of diagonal passes that were easy on the eye. They’re not lacking confidence.
From the resulting delivery, Maguire gets up for a free header but sends it over the bar.
Solskjaer will be looking for his side to control the game and get some goals in the process, despite making nine changes to the team.
The players pay tribute to those who died during the coronavirus pandemic and no doubt also to those who were tragically killed in the explosion in Lebanon.
Now we’re underway at Old Trafford. United are playing in their new home shirt tonight for the first time.
It will take something incredible for United to even be troubled here tonight – given their five away goals in Austria.
It’s far more realistic to suggest the Red Devils will keep their wits about them and grab a few goals in the process.
FC Copenhagen 3-0 Istanbul Basaksehir (Copenhagen win 3-1 on aggregate)
Manchester United have discovered their quarter-final opponents, should they get through without any hitches tonight.
They will face Copenhagen in the Europa League one-legged tie on August 10 after the Danish outfit overturned a first-leg deficit against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Superliga side were 1-0 down from the first leg but a double from Jonas Wind and Robert Falk’s second-half strike have put them through to the last eight.
The United captain makes his 53rd appearance of the season tonight – that’s the most of any Red Devils player.
Date, time and venue
Manchester United vs LASK is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 7.30pm.
Man United XI: Romero; Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Lingard, James; Ighalo
Substitutes: Grant, Mengi, Wan-Bissaka, Garner, Matic, Pereira, Pogba, Chong, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford
LASK XI: Schlager; Andrade, Trauner, Wiesinger; Renner, Michorl, Holland, Ranftl; Balic, Raguz, Frieser
Substitutes: Lawal, Gebauer, Filipovic, Reiter, Ramsebner, Muller, Wostry, Haudum, Sabitzer, Celic
Prediction: Man United 3-0 LASK
Given United walked the first leg 5-0, it’s hard to look beyond a routine win for Solskjaer’s side.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The first leg was the sides’ only previous meeting, with United winning by five goals in Linz.
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