Anderlecht will host Manchester United on 13th April 2017, at Constant Vanden Stockstadion for the first leg of Europa League Quarter Finals. Manchester United are the red-hot favorites to win the Europa League this time, but we’ve often seen the favorites being toppled in this tournament. So, by no means should Manchester United take their opponents lightly.
The two teams have arrived in Belgium ahead of their crucial tie, and the visitors are plagued by injuries. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was seen practicing with his teammates yesterday, but he didn’t travel with the team. According to reports, the club’s captain has been ruled out for this game. Also, Juan Mata, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been sidelined, making life difficult for Jose Mourinho.
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— TheQuadrant (@TheQuadrant67) April 13, 2017
On the contrary, Anderlecht are expected to land a full-fit squad. Lukasz Teodorczyk, competition’s top goal scorer who was doubtful for the tie, is fit and available. The Polish striker has already scored five goals in the competition and is likely to pose a threat to Jose’s defense.
Good news for Jose as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is also the joint-top goal scorer in the competition with Teodorczyk, is fit and available. The Swede has previously scored five goals in two games against Anderlecht.
2️⃣8️⃣ goals this season
2️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ since turning 30
4️⃣ on his last visit to Anderlecht
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 13, 2017
Both teams have been prolific in the competition so far but assessing the strength of the two squads, Manchester United holds the advantage. It’s been 17 years since the last time these two sides played against each other in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, with the host of tonight’s game winning 2-1. However, Anderlecht suffered its biggest loss in the European Competition at the hands of Manchester United in 1956, losing 10-0.
Anderlecht are in a good run of form as they’ve won four of their last five games, but they’ll be up against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, who love to keep things tight. The Red Devils have kept five clean sheets in their last six games. Zlatan has always been a threat upfront, receiving significant support from Marcus Rashford.
It’s quite obvious that Manchester United are prioritizing the competition over the Premier League, and they will most likely come out top in this tie.
Final Prediction for this game 0-2!
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