Manchester United will be looking to progress to the semi finals of the Europa League tonight as they entertain Anderlecht at Old Trafford, with the match poised at 1-1 (KO 20:05).
Its the second legs tonight in the Europa League as Manchester United take on Anderlecht with a place in the semi final awaiting the victor.
It was presumed that Manchester United would hold more of a hold on this game going into the second leg however it was a lacklustre performance out in Belgium by the Red Devils as the side laboured to a 1-1 draw in Brussels.
Winning the competition now looks like the only route into the Champions League next season, with top four in the league no sure thing for the Red Devils as they now find themselves four points behind fourth placed Manchester City, albeit with a game in hand, so tonight’s game will be high on the agenda for all at Old Trafford.
One man to watch who could make the difference is a young Marcus Rashford – a player who ran riot against the Belgian side last time out, with The Sun reporting that the youngster should feature at Old Trafford tonight.
The Englishman’s preferred position is up top, but with Zlatan Ibrahimovic occupying that spot, Rashford was still used to full effect out wide, where his aggression, speed and directness caused plenty of problems for the Belgian side.
Rashford can be backed at 4/1 to find the net first and that price looks plenty big enough, while Ibrahimovic looks a shortish 15/8.
Predictably, with the tie played at Old Trafford Manchester United are heavy favourites to win comfortably on the night, let alone qualify, and although they weren’t as clinical as they should have been last time out, the 1/4 on the home win looks just about right.
Wayne Rooney may be another option from the bench in the game according to Sky Sports, with the Manchester legend having trained again on Wednesday and could earn a recall from Joe Mourinho.
Mourinho has also confirmed that Sergio Romero will continue to start ahead of David De Gea in the game, even though the Spaniard featured last week in the Premier League clash with Chelsea.
Having said this, however, the Belgian side will do well to break down United to the point where they can create many clear cut chances, although Anderlecht do have an excellent away record in the competition, having only lost once so far this season, so things may not be so straight forward for Manchester Utd tonight.
Those who are expecting a shock away victory can back the Belgians at a lofty price of 14/1.
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