Manchester United are expected to ring the changes for this game following a hectic end to the domestic season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a commanding lead over LASK from the first leg of this last-16 tie, as the Europa League returns from a near five-month hiatus.
Where and when: Old Trafford – 5 August, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Manchester United vs. LASK: BT Sport
Last time: Odion Ighalo scored a stunning opener for United as the Red Devils ran out 5-0 winners in Austria back in March, with three goals coming inside the last 10 minutes in front of an empty stadium in Linz.
Manchester United v LASK Predictions and Preview
It seems like a very long time ago indeed that these two teams last met. LASK were no match for Manchester United when the teams locked horns just before the coronavirus outbreak put the footballing world into lockdown, and the Reds will expect a comfortable night’s work in the return at Old Trafford.
United endured a couple of bumps at the end of their domestic campaign, but beat top-four rivals Leicester City on the final day of the season to secure third place in the Premier League table and a return to the Champions League next term.
That takes the pressure off this youthful Reds squad for the remainder of this tournament, as they don’t need to win it to return to Europe’s top table. Doing so would be a great way to round off a promising campaign though, and their second triumph in the competition in three years, after lifting the trophy in Stockholm in 2017.
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United’s young legs were tested with 11 games in just 38 days following their return to action in June. The fatigue showed with some of their final performances, but even though they have nine days off between their last Premier League fixture and this game, Solskjaer is certain to utilise the full capacity of his squad here.
LASK manager Valerien Ismael, on the other hand, will play a full-strength team with nothing to lose. Die Schwarz-Weissen have struggled since the restart, losing six of their 10 play-off fixtures having lost only twice in the regular season, winning 17 of their 22 matches.
The visitors could have a chance of a shock here if Solskjaer doesn’t play more experienced faces like Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Odion Ighalo and goes all out on the kids front. But even if he does, United start as the overwhelming favourites for the win at 2/7, with LASK priced at 11/1 and the draw 53/10.
One to watch for Manchester United: Ighalo scored a wonderful goal to break the deadlock when these teams met in the first leg of this tie, and the Nigerian is likely to be the favourite to open the scoring once again should he start this game.
One to watch for LASK: Young Brazilian striker Klauss is on loan at LASK from Hoffenheim, and after scoring 20 goals for his temporary club in all competitions this season, could be a threat to the home team’s sometimes questionable defence.
Long shot: United were clearly a cut above LASK in the first leg, and ought to be once again even if they ring the changes for this return. The Reds are available at 25/1 to win this game 5-0 and reach double figures on the aggregate score.