Preview and Prediction
The Red Devils have sealed their ticket for the Champions League next season. Yet, it does not mean that they will simply waste the opportunity to win Europa League this month. As one of the most eligible favourite this second tier European competition, Solskjaer’s men are likely to continue their positive trend in Premier League here. This midweek, they only host LASK Austria with five-goal advantage already at the first leg. This game will be more like their friendly match before taking on the real challenge in quarter final.
The teams’ previous matches
Manchester United finally returned to where they belong, UEFA Champions League, next season after thumping 2-0 Leicester in a decisive match at King Power stadium. Bruno Fernandes’s successful penalty gave them the lead and Jesse Lindgard’s goal preceded by Kasper Schmeichel’s unusual blunder secured their three points on the road.
Meanwhile, LASK Linz was beaten in their last friendly match against FK Senica Slovenia on 29th July. The Austrian side lost 0-2 in the last preparation match before meeting Mason Greenwood and Co.
Ole Solksjaer’s system of play which counts on the fluidity in their attack is still his main weapon with 4-2-3-1. Bruno Fernandes is the playmaker with Paul Pogba is an anchor to keep the balance between both lines while Anthony Martial is the main forward supported by Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. However, since this is more like a game of formality, Solksjaer might opt for Odion Ighalo as the main frontman supported by Juan Mata as the number ten role, while Daniel James and Andres Perreira or Tahith Chong will be on both flanks.
The newly appointed manager, Dominik Thalhammer, will be leading LASK after his predecessor, Valerien Ismael, was dismissed last July, for this remaining game of Europa League. He might employ more defensive and pragmatic approach in his tactic to prevent his team from losing in a humiliating big score again. The 5-4-1 formation seems fit for LASK.
Players to watch
Manchester United seems to have found a new rising star ready to shine brighter next seasons. Mason Greenwood has been the key man in Solskjaer’s squad lately. His flair is often considered very much alike Robin Van Persie’s. However, He might be coming off the bench at the second half. The notable figures to watch here are the Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo and the former number 1 Argentina’s goalie, Sergio Romero.
In LASK, their top performers of the season are the defender Gernot Trauner, Markus Wostry, the striker Marko Raguz and the winger Reinhodl Ranftl. Another key man to watch is the Australian defensive midfielder, James Holland.
Manchester United vs LASK Prediction
It is an easy fixture for the home side considering their absolute advantage at the first leg when they sank LASK 5-0. It is a perfect chance for Solskjaer to warm up his youngsters in the squad to add up more experience in the competitive game. The Red Devils will certainly pick up a win comfortably here.
The host is the clear favourite. They are backed to win at 1.27, whereas LASK’s win market is at 11.75. The odds for the draw result are at the value of 6.15.