Knowing that a point on Thursday will be enough to send them through to the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League as Group L winners, Manchester United will welcome AZ Alkmaar to Old Trafford in their final European appearance of the year.
Picking up Manchester bragging rights with a 2-1 win away at the Etihad over the weekend, the Reds are arguably enjoying their brightest run of the season so far and have tasted defeat just once in each of their five qualifying matchups.
On the flip side, Thursday’s hosts are not the only side who have secured a route out of Group L with time to spare and have continued to catch the eye while on European duties.
Picking up a 3-0 win over PEC Zwolle on Saturday, the Dutch side are still seen to be Ajax’s major contender for the Eredivisie title and Arne Slot’s men are in the midst of a nine-match unbeaten run across all formats, winning eight of those appearances.
With the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw when they met at the AFAS Stadion back in October, you might be interested to know that a similar stalemate can be found at 11/4 with Bet365.
Marcus Rashford – United’s MVP
Shocking most across Europe after picking up Manchester bragging rights at their bitter rivals over the weekend, the mood in United’s camp remains the highest it has been all season.
Knowing the just a point on Thursday will see them progress to the knockout stage as Group L winners, the Reds also pinched another eye-catching 2-1 win over Spurs earlier in the month.
Now bagging at least a pair of strikes in six of their last seven matches across all competitions, one man who has continued to spearhead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s resurge has been the red-hot Marcus Rashford.
Once again finding the net against the defending Premier League champions over the weekend, the England winger has now recorded 16 goals for club and country and is firmly on course to break his goalscoring PB.
With 15 of those goals coming in his last 14 appearances, you might be interested to know that the 22-year-old can be found at 6/5 with William Hill to once again find the net at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
Alkmaar’s resurge continues
Still yet to taste defeat in any of their Group L matches this season, few in Holland would have expected AZ’s stellar resurge.
Winning eight of their last nine matches across all formats and yet to taste defeat since the 19th of October, Arne Slot’s men finds the mood in his camp the highest it has been in recent memory.
While United might have one leading marksman enjoying quite the purple patch, AZ have their own starlet who has continued to shine since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
Once again finding the net over the weekend, 18-year-old sensation Myron Boadu has bagged 17 goals across all competitions this season and sits second in the race to clinch the Eredivisie Golden Boot.
Also now bagging four Europa League goals in as many appearances, the forward can be found pencilled in at 5/2 with Paddy Power to extend on his stellar run of form in midweek.