MATCH PREVIEW: LASK vs. Manchester United (Europa League – Round of 16)

First-ever matchup between the two sides

Fresh off their 2-0 victory in the Manchester Derby on Sunday, Manchester United head to Austria to play LASK in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday, as they look to continue their 10-match unbeaten run. Tomorrow’s game will be played behind closed doors due to concerns around coronavirus.

United got the best possible outcome in the Europa League draw, but LASK are a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially at home, winning all six of their home matches in the competition.

This will be the first-ever matchup between LASK and United, and also LASK’s first matchup with an English team in the tournament. United have yet to lose against an Austrian team in European competitions, winning the last six in a row.

United have fared pretty well in recent Europa League matches, losing just one of their last 19 matches, also winning seven and drawing four of their 11 knockout stage games.

LASK are currently the 103 ranked team according to the latest UEFA rankings and are sitting in first place in the Austrian Bundesliga. They started this European season in the Champions League but after losing to Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off round, they finished top of Group D in the Europa League group stages, finishing above PSV Eindhoven and Sporting Lisbon (that featured Bruno Fernandes).

United should feature a lineup similar to the side that beat Manchester City on Sunday while LASK will be missing several key players to their lineup.

Centre-backs Phillip Wiesinger and Petar Filipovic are both suspended after their cards in the second leg against AZ, and midfielder Thomas Goiginer is out after tearing his cruciate ligament.

Predicted line-up (4-1-2-1-2): Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Matic; Fred, McTominay; Fernandes; Martial, Ighalo

The first leg will take place on Thursday with the second-leg ties following a week later on Thursday, March 19.

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