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Manchester United Vs Anderlecht Preview, Predicted Lineups, Key Players And Odds

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Jose Mourinho would be eyeing a win when Manchester United host Anderlecht in the second leg of the Europa League quarters. The last leg was a 1-1 draw and United have a slender edge courtesy of an away goal scored by Mkhitaryan.

Jose Mourinho has said time and time that he is considering the tournament very seriously and if United somehow fails to grab a top four spot they can use the way through Europa League. This trophy has eluded United for years and Jose Mourinho now has a realistic chance to fill the void.

Both form and momentum will be on United’s side as the Red Devils will try to build on their recent success over Chelsea. The English outfit humbled the table toppers with an excellent performance and if they stand on their form things won’t be very difficult.

Anderlecht will come into the game knowing the fact that they are yet to open their account in England. United won the past three encounters held at the Old Trafford with the highest margin being a 10-0 thrashing of the Belgian side.

Team News And Predicted Lineups

Manchester United

Wayne Rooney who hadn’t been able to feature in the last couple of matches might make it to the bench. Luke Shaw is pushing for a start and the English teenager should get a nod. Ander Herrera was one of the absentees in the last game but will be seen in his midfield duty.

Romero; Bailly, Rojo, Valencia, Shaw, Pogba, Herrera, Fellaini; Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Rashford


Lukasz Teodorczyk couldn’t play the last leg from the beginning but will make a start

Ruben; Obradovic, Nuytinck, Mbodji, Appiah; Dendoncker, Tielemans; Acheampong, Stancui, Hanni; Teodorczyk


Key Players

Manchester United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian playmaker will be fresh as he was on the bench for the Chelsea match. He is expected to make a start. After arriving in Manchester, he went through rough patches and still, he hasn’t been able to showcase that kind of performance for what he is well known. A good display in this match will be enough to convince the Portuguese gaffer.


United have to keep Youri Tielemans on a tight leash, marking the youngster as he does possess the quality to break down a team. The teenager loves to attack but also helps his team defensively by tracking back. An all round midfielder Tielemans would be very eager to prove his quality.


Manchester United- 1/4

Draw- 11/2

Anderlecht- 14/1

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