After releasing some of the pressure on his shoulders and picking up a much-needed victory over the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will welcome Kazakhstan champions Astana to Old Trafford on Thursday night.
Picking up a 1-0 win over Leicester on home soil to end their three-match winless run on Saturday, Manchester United are desperate to replicate a similar level that helped them lift the Europa League title back in 2017.
On the flip side, United are not the only team who have shown some inconsistencies of late.
Now sat five points adrift of reclaiming their domestic crown, Astana also suffered a 2-0 loss against BATE in their final European appearance.
Although the Red Devils might still be looking to find top-form in England’s top-tier, Thursday’s guests do hold an eye-catching record in Europe’s second competition.
Unbeaten in the Europa League since November 2016 and recording eight clean sheets in their previous 11 European appearances, a similar result in Manchester can be found at 5/6 with SkyBet.
United look to lay down an early marker
Although many around Old Trafford were starting to question Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s role after a continued struggle carrying on from the 2018/2019 campaign, Manchester United did bounce back over the weekend.
Picking up a 1-0 win over Leicester, the Premier League outfit also have their sights set on reclaiming a top-four finish.
Now sharing Group L with Astana, AZ Alkmaar, and Serbian outfit FK Partizan, it is no surprise that Thursday’s hosts are an overwhelming favourite to secure an automatic route to the knockout stage.
The Red Devils are currently pencilled in at 1/3 with SkyBet to win Group L outfight come December.
Elsewhere, one man to keep an eye out for at Old Trafford will be #1 attacking option and England international, Marcus Rashford.
Bagging the winner from the spot against Leicester over the weekend, the 21-year-old should be relishing the chance to open his Europa League account on Thursday.
Rashford can be found at 19/20 with Ladbrokes to extend his run at Old Trafford.
Astana’s issues on the road
While Head Coach Roman Hryhorchuk may have seen his side manage to scrap past BATE thanks to a dramatic 3-2 aggregate victory last month, Astana have shown some glaring issues on their trips outside of Kazakhstan.
Along with hunting a five-point buffer in the race to reclaim their domestic crown, the Blue and Yellows have recorded just a single Europa League victory on the road in their last eight attempts, a run that stems back to December 2017.
If Astana are to pull off one of the most shocking upsets in Europa League history, then the reigning Kazakhstan champions will be looking for attacking talisman Marin Tomaso to lead their charge.
Already bagging seven Europa League goals, with those seven strikes coming in his last five appearances, the 32-year-old will lead the line on Thursday and you might be interested to know that Hryhorchuk’s men sit at 11/4 to grab a consolation goal in midweek.