Who: Manchester United vs FC Astana
When: Thursday, September 19th @ 10:00 pm EAT
Manchester United play FC Astana in their UEFA Europa League kick-off on Thursday, after the narrow win over Leicester City. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that he’ll rotate the side to play those not appearing regularly throughout the Europa League group stages.This means that we should expect their bright young talent to take the centre-stage against Astana.
Manchester United Predicted Starting XI
Romero, Young, Tuanzebe, Jones, Rojo, Fred, Pereira, Chong, Mata, James, Greenwood.
United have caught the injury bug early onto the season, with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot all missing in action and they won’t make the game on Thursday, while neither will Luke Shaw, who’s still recovering from his own injury sustained last month.
FC Astana Predicted Starting XI
Eric, Rukavina, Postnikov, Simunovic, Shomko, Mayewski, Logvinenko, Tomasav, Sigurjonsson, Rotariu, Murtazayev.
Astana,have a clean bill of health even whilst toughing it out in the Kazakhstan Premier League more than halfway through their own season.
Manchester United vs FC Astana Match Preview
Manchester United find themselves back into the Europa League pit. OGS will, however, use this to give the youngsters opportunities. Tahith Chong added a fiery spark of energy in his cameo against Leicester, which deserves him a start against Astana. With his dribbling technique and ability to thread in creative passes.
Mason Greenwood’s bagged 26 goals in the youth scene last season from just 30 appearances, maybe he is the second coming of Robin van Persie.
Angel Gomes could also get an outing after not appearing since his pre-season heroics against Tottenham Hotspur.
Axel Tuanzebe warrants a start, while Daniel James can also make his European debut.
Astana have scored the third-most goals in the Kazakhstan Premier League this season, only conceding the second-least number as well. Roman Murtazayev, Marin Tomasov, Dorin Rotariu, the Kazakhstan side’s well-planned attacks as well as threatening aerial ability makes them a thorn to defend against.