Manchester United resume their go after Europa League glory on Wednesday evening with what should be a routine home match against LASK Linz within the last 16.
The Red Devils lead 5-0 from March’s first leg and, barring a six-goal collapse at Old Trafford in midweek, they will anticipate to the quarter-finals.
United have already sealed Champions League qualification after finishing third within the Premier League,
meaning there’s less pressure to win the Europa League in August.
However, an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea will have stung Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – especially as he’s yet to lift a trophy as United manager.
Solskjaer can change all that this month within the Europa League finals tournament in Germany,
but first the Red Devils must navigate the second leg of their last-16 tie against LASK.
United are 5-0 up after a first-leg win in Austria, and can be wearing their new 2020/21 home kit for what should be a routine win.
The Black-Whites won just two of their 10 league games upon returning to action in June,
losing the last three of these to end in fourth, so it’s fair to mention that their form has not improved.
In fact, head coach Valerien Ismael was recently sacked and new boss Dominik Thalhammer’s first competitive game responsible will come at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
LASK conceded as many goals within the first leg as that they had wiped out their first eight matches during this season’s competition,
and therefore the scoreline down in midweek are going to be their main
Manchester United did not buy many players this season, only signed with Holland midfielder van de Beek, and which made them have less competitiveness in this season. After 5 round games, they got only 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, making their fans disappointed. Bur they have good performances recently, they won over Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and RB Leipzig in UEFA Champions League. Their 5-0 midweek win over RB Leipzig was a huge morale boost! In this case, we think they will perform well in this game.
Arsenal has unstable status this season. It is worth noting that all of Arsenal’s recent defeats have come at the hands of the strong team, reflecting theArsenal’s current slight inability to play hardball. Besides, the performances of their front players are very unstable recently. When they are in good form, they can harvest 3 goals in a game, but when they are not, they can harvest nothing. Therefore, it is hard for them to win this game.
Date, time and venue
Manchester United vs Arsenal 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.