UEFA Europa League: Manchester United vs Feyenoord preview

Manchester United continue their troubled UEFA Europa League campaign with a potentially decisive match on Thursday when they host Feyenoord at Old Trafford. The Dutch side won the reverse fixture 1-0 right at the beginning of the group stage campaign, a result that had raised plenty of questions about Jose Mourinho's team. The two teams had met twice before that in the Champions League back in 1997, with Manchester United winning both home and away.

Manchester United have lost two of their four Europa League matches so far, including a 2-1 defeat last time out at Fenerbahce. They did win their two home matches so far though, and another win could significantly boost their qualification chances as they are just one point behind leading duo of Fenerbahce and Feyenoord. Last weekend the Red Devils played a pretty good match at home against Arsenal, it ended 1-1 but Mourinho's men probably deserved to win it. Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are still injured, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be able to make his return.

Feyenoord have not managed to win any of their two away matches in the Europa League so far, they lost at Fenerbahce and earned a 1-1 draw at Zorya Luhansk last time out. Last weekend they managed to end a three-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory at home over Zwolle, but they have won only two of their last six matches in all competitions. Eric Botteghin is suspended after being sent off in the previous match, while Kenneth Vermeer and Sven van Beek are injured.

Probable line-ups:

Man United: De Gea - Valencia, Blind, Rojo, Shaw - Herrera, Pogba - Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial - Ibrahimovic

Feyenoord: Jones - Karsdrop, Heijden, Kongolo, Woudenberg - Ahmadi, Kuyt, Vilhena - Toornstra, Jorgensen, Elia

My prediction: Manchester United to win 2-0.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Man United win - 1.36
Draw - 5.25
Feyenoord win - 9.50

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Members Comments

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Most experts stated that this tournament it's not important for Manchester United this season and that was mostly true but is it still that way?
    I mean Mourinho's team is so poor in the PL that they should make some effort in this one to partly relent the fans and perhaps Mourinho himself would persist for that, or at least I think he should.
    In any case United going nowhere this season (again) and I'm tired of waiting for the bosses to realise that and stop appointing managers who should do the work on paper and be brave enough to nominate a manager with innovative ideas and clear vision about the future.
    Of course I'm just dreaming here.

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