Published On: Wed, Aug 5th, 2020

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MAN UTD 0-0 LASK

Manchester United XI: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Lingard, James, Ighalo

LASK XI: Schlager, Wiesinger, Trauner, Andrade, Ranftl, Holland, Michorl, Renner, Frieser, Raguz, Balic

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes NINE changes for Europa League last-16 tie
  • Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams the only survivors from Leicester win

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

MAN UTD 0-0 LASK

HT: Less said about that the better.

43: Timothy Fosu-Mensah runs from just inside the Manchester United half and all the way to the byline before clipping a very average cross into the hands of LASK goalkeeper Alexander Schlager. Zero end product for the hosts tonight.

40: Daniel! Chance wasted by winger Daniel James. The Wales international runs onto a good ball from Jesse Lingard and he’s in acres of space. Instead of driving at goal he dithers and that allows Reinhold Ranftl to make an important block.

Scott McTominay slides in and catches the LASK player. Booked.

37: Romelu Lukaku has scored in the one-off last-16 tie between Inter Milan and Getafe. Vintage run and finish from the Belgian centre-forward. Back here, Peter Michorl has been booked for a really poor challenge on Jesse Lingard. Could have been a red.

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

34: Close! Like that from Odion Ighalo. The loanee collects Jesse Lingard’s nicely weighted pass, turns his marker sharply but the LASK goalkeeper Alexander Schlager quickly races off his line to smother it.

31: Daniel James time his run nicely to collect Fred’s pass but he’s dithered and allowed Gernot Trauner to make a challenge. Harry Maguire then, for the second time tonight, misses a great chance from the resulting corner. He looks to the sky in frustration – knows that should have been 1-0.

28: Wait… what’s happened to the drinks break?! I think it’s been ditched folks.

25: Good chance for the visitors. Brandon Williams is beaten down the right channel and the ball is played in for the arriving Husein Balic, who snatches at his effort with Eric Bailly flying in. Peter Michorl then blasts a free-kick straight into the wall.

22: Jesse Lingard is given a stern warning by referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos. He’s flicked Peter Michorl on the ankles.

19: Just no match sharpness from these Manchester United players. Understandable given their limited minutes over the last few months. Juan Mata finds Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who promptly slides a pass straight out of play.

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

16: Just over the 15-minute mark and this has been atrocious. I had low expectations to begin with but this has somehow underwhelmed still. Kind of like Nandos.

13: The fake crowd noise on BT Sport is particularly awful tonight.

Not only because it’s 100x louder than it would normally be for a clash like this – but because there’s a huge, OTT roar whenever any Manchester United player touches the ball in the LASK half.

10: The visitors win a couple of corners on the bounce… crossbar! Wowzers. The comeback was nearly on as Manchester United failed to clear a delivery from the right and Andrés Andrade reacts quickest to head it against the crossbar. Philipp Wiesinger sends the rebound wide.

7: Harry Maguire arrives in the penalty area, beats three LASK players in the air before heading over the crossbar. I should imagine he’ll be quite disappointed with that. He arrived exactly one year ago today.

LASK’s Peter Michorl, their longest serving, has just tried to lob Sergio Romero from the halfway line. The ‘keeper was barely off his line!

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

4: Manchester United are wearing their new home strip for the first time this evening. What does it look like? Yeah it’s fine. Kind of looks like all the other ones recently.

I think I’ve mentioned it but I’ll say it again for good measure. Manchester United will play Copenhagen in the quarter-finals in Germany on Monday. That will be a straight knockout tournament – no two legs or anything.

2: Some quick transfer news and I’m afraid it’s got nothing to do with Jadon Sancho. Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta to has just said: “We will sign Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United on a permanent deal. We’ll announce the deal tomorrow with an official statement.”

I for one am devastated to see him and his dogs leaving the country on a permanent basis…

MAN UTD 0-0 LASK

1: And we’re underway folks. And just to keep you in the Europa loop… Manchester United will be playing Danish side Copenhagen in the quarter-final stage. They beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 tonight. Shakhtar Donetsk thumped Wolfsburg 3-0 with all three goals coming between the 89th-93rd minute.

Twitter round-up

Mike: Let’s say Sergio Romero gets Manchester United to the final. You think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has learned his lesson or you think he plays David de Gea?

Michael: With Manchester United surely safe from going out, I don’t see why Ole wouldn’t have rested first-team players. Why is Harry Maguire or Brandon Williams even near this team tonight?! Looks like poor man-management to me. Players need a rest, Ole.

Daniel: Asking for trouble starting Harry Maguire as well, so unnecessary. Completely understand not throwing Teden Mengi in with Eric Bailly but just play Lindelof instead and let Juan Mata captain the squad.

I ask the questions here, Mike! Oh look at that… Manchester signed Nathan Ake for £41million. Big.

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Who’s next?

Manchester United are already in the quarter finals really, and there they face either Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir.

They are playing the second-leg of their tie and it’s 2-1 to Copenhagen on aggregate. (2-0 on the night with 35 minutes remaining).

Wolves will face Sevilla or Roma if they progress in their tie against Olympiakos, while Rangers have a 3-1 deficit to turnaround with Bayer Leverkusen.

The quarter-final fixtures are to be played in Germany between 10 and 21 August.

  • Shakhtar Donetsk/Wolfsburg vs Basel/Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Manchester United/LASK vs Copenhagen/Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Inter Milan/Getafe vs Bayer Leverkusen/Rangers
  • Wolves/Olympiakos vs Sevilla/Roma

State of things

As you are probably aware, European football is back. Yes, I know, astonishing.

And just like the Premier League restart – things are going to come thick and fast.

Manchester City and Chelsea are still in the Champions League, while Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers are still in the Europa League.

So there’s going to be 26 games in around three weeks – slightly less in fact before the Champions League final in Lisbon on 23 August and the Europa League final in Cologne on 21 August.

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Team news – Manchester United

As I’ve said, only Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams retain their places from the last XI.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fields a… well it’s a fresh rather than youthful side. Quite a few players who didn’t see a great deal of action towards the end of the season.

Sergio Romero starts between the sticks with Eric Bailly partnering Maguire in defence. Timothy Fosu-Mensah starts at right-back with Williams on the other flank.

Moving forward Scott McTominay is in the holding role along with Fred while Jesse Lingard, Daniel James and Odion Ighalo spearhead the attack.

The LASK side? Urm… pffft… well Marko Raguz starts and he has scored in three of LASK’s last four European fixtures.

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Starting XI

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes NINE (9!) changes from the side who beat Leicester on the final Premier League fixture of the season. Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams keep their places.

Manchester United XI: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Maguire, Williams, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Lingard, James, Ighalo.

Subs: Pogba, Martial, Rashford, Grant, Andreas Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Greenwood, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Garner, Chong, Mengi.

LASK XI: Schlager, Wiesinger, Trauner, Andrade, Ranftl, Holland, Michorl, Renner, Frieser, Raguz, Balic.

Subs: Filipovic, Reiter, Ramsebner, Muller, Wostry, Haudum, Lawal, Sabitzer, Gebauer, Celic.

Evening!

And welcome to… well… one of the biggest dead rubbers ever to make it onto our television screens.

Manchester United welcome Austrian side LASK to Old Trafford boasting a five (5) goal advantage from the first leg before coronavirus took over the planet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side WILL be playing Champions League football next season regardless of their run in the Europa League.

But having failed to win a major trophy since beating Ajax in the 2017 final – it might just be worth having a crack, eh?

The official team news will be out shortly, but I’m seeing NINE changes on my little sheet. Standby…

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates

Man Utd vs LASK LIVE: Europa League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

MAN UTD vs LASK | TEAM NEWS

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make several changes for his side’s Europa League clash with LASK on Wednesday evening.

The Red Devils go into the showdown at Old Trafford 5-0 up from the first leg.

Solskjaer confirmed on Tuesday that midfielder Jesse Lingard will start but Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw will not be involved.

Juan Mata, Odion Ighalo and Daniel James haven’t been given many starting opportunities since the restart.

But the trio all sparkled in the first leg victory over LASK and should be given the nod.



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