Astana vs Manchester United: Match preview
It is clear that Solskjer will leave most of the first team in Manchester and will not take them to Kazakhstan. United is currently focused onthe Premier League as they have resolved the issue of passing to the next stage with two victories over Partizan.
On Sunday, they had a difficult visit to Sheffield, where they played 3: 3 with the Blades, after many turns. Probably some of the young footballers who excelled in that match will play against Astana. That should be enough to beat the new-old champion of Kazakhstan. Astana finished the main, they managed to defend the championship trophy in the race with Cairat, and next summer they will play in the qualifications for the Champions League.
That the Europa League is not important to them is evident in two matches against AZ Alkmaar. In those matches they have received 11 goals, and they could have so many more.
Astana team news:
After four games played in groups, three teams scored zero points. These are Rosenborg, Besiktas and Astana, who, in parallel with the start of playing in the Europa League group, did a much more important job for the club, namely the fight for the title of champion of Kazakhstan.
At the start of the competition, Astana still defied her rivals (0-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United and 1-2 at home against Partizan). That goal against the Belgrade team is Astana’s only hit in the group so far.
But after that, Astana looked like a “shattered army” with an apparent complete focus on the domestic championship. She lost twice badly against AZ Alkmaar.
Probable lineup: Erić, Rukavina, Logvinenko, Postnikov, Šomko, Maevski, Bejesebekov, Rotariu, Sigurjonsson, Murtazajev, Kizničenko.
Manchester United team news:
Three wins and a draw are behind United in this Europa League group, as well as a series of matches with received goals. United has already secured a breakthrough in the sixteenth finals.
They will make the remaining two games without many of their strongest players. Going to Astana can be seen as an outing for the English team, but also an opportunity for many young players.
It has been announced that almost the entire squad will be by young United players plus 36-year-old goalkeeper Grant. Hewill thus make his first career start for United. Manchester United has a very good 5-1-1 in their last seven games.
Probable lineup: Grant, Shaw, Tuanzebe, Bernard, Laird, Garner, Levitt, Chong, Gomes, Lingard, Greenwood.
We do not expect an interesting match, but guests should celebrate, at least with a minimum score. We will propose their victory, though we still do not know in which squad the Red Devils will run into the field.
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