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.
The very definition of wholescale changes from Solskjaer as he makes NINE changes to his side for tonight’s clash against LASK.
With the tie virtually wrapped up after a 5-0 success in Austria, the likes of Pogba, Rashford, Fernandes, Anthony Martial and David de Gea have been given a rest.
That means Odion Ighalo, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, who have featured prominently in the Europa League, will handed an opportunity to impress.
With the quarter-final against Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir just five days away, the Man United boss appears keen to keep them fresh for the last-eight tie.
Starting XI: Schlager; Andrade, Trauner (c), Wiesinger; Renner, Michorl, Holland, Ranftl; Balic, Raguz, Frieser.
Subs: Lawal, Gebauer, Filipovic, Reiter, Ramsebner, Muller, Wostry, Haudum, Sabitzer, Celic.
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Starting XI:Romero; Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire (C), Williams; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Lingard, James; Ighalo.
Subs: Grant, Mengi, Wan-Bissaka, Garner, Matic, Pereira, Pogba, Chong, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.
Some reports coming in that Solskjaer has made large-scale changes to his line-up tonight, with Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood all on the bench.
We’ll have the confirmed team news for you shortly.
We are expecting confirmed lineups in around 40 minutes, but here’s what we know so far from United.
Solskjaer has confirmed Luke Shaw will be fit in time for the start of next season. The left-back has been omitted from United’s squad for the remainder of the Europa League after suffering an ankle injury last month.
Axel Tuanzebe has had an operation on his foot, but should also be back by September.
Predicted Man United XI (4-3-1-2): Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; Lingard; Ighalo, James
Should United progress as expected tonight, then they will head to Germany to complete the Europa League in Uefa’s finals tournament. Uefa decided to host the Europa League in Germany and the Champions League in Portugal in a bid to avoid further cancellations or travel bans.
Quarter-finals: United will face a last-eight tie against either Istanbul Basaksehir of FC Copenhagen. That match would take place at Stadion Koln on Monday, August 10 at 8pm BST.
Semi-finals: The winners of Olympiacos/Wolves or Sevilla/AS Roma. That semi-final would be held at Stadion Koln on Sunday, August 16 at 8pm BST.
Final: To win the competition, United will face one of the eight other teams currently on the other side of the draw. They are as follows: Inter Milan/Getafe, Rangers/Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg/Shakhtar Donetsk, Eintracht Frankfurt/FC Basel.
Should United meet Antonio Conte’s Inter, then they will face a reunion with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young – though Alexis Sanchez would be ineligible considering he is on loan from the Red Devils.
The Europa League final will be held on Friday, 21 August at – you guessed it – Stadion Koln, with kick-off at 8pm BST.
So, Manchester United’s third-placed finish in the Premier League means they have already qualified for Champions League football next season.
That obviously alleviates the pressure of having to win the Europa League to qualify for UCL football as they did in 2017, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would obviously love to finish a strong campaign with silverware.
Up first for United is the second leg of their round-of-16 tie with LASK, and the Red Devils are 5-0 up after a comfortable win in Austria before the lockdown.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match coverage of tonight’s Europa League round-of-16 second leg between Manchester United and LASK Linz at Old Trafford!
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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