Manchester United travel to face Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League game on Thursday night, 08 December 2016 which is a massive game as qualification to knockout stages are at stake. United must avoid defeat to ensure their progress to next round while a win can book their place in knockout stages as group winners if Fenerbahce drop points against Feyenoord. Match will kickoff at around 19:00 CEt / 18:00 uk time with BT Sports broadcasting the game live in the UK.
Zorya Luhans is a Ukranian side who finished fourth in their domestic league last season and making their very first appearance in the European cup competitions. United playing at home are massive favourites and Mourinho is likely to make several changes in the starting lineup keep Sunday’s clash against Stoke City in mind. Zorya played out a respectable 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce earlier in the campaign and they might cause some problems for United.
Team News & Lineups: Jose Mourinho will be without Anthony Martial who is still struggling with a head injury he suffered couple of weeks ago but the big news is Wayne Rooney is set to return in starting lineup having made substitute appearance over the last weekend against Leicester. Rooney will start upfront with Ibrahimovic and Rashford while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw are both ruled out.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Thursday night.
Match Predictions: Hard to see any other result than a comfortable Manchester United win on Thursday night. They hit 4 past Leicester last week only in first 45 minutes and Mourinho will be keen to build on that with another quick start to settle the nervous in European football. Ibrahimovic is set to start upfront with Rooney Rashford and Lingard playing in attacking roles. That is too much quality for Zorya to cope with considering this is there first European campaign.
Manchester United 0-0 Zorya Luhansk Highlights
[ UEFA Europa League 2016-17 ]
45′ [ Half-Time Report ]Manchester united played out a 0-0 in the first 45 minutes. United failed to create any meaningful chances in the first 45 minutes and Mourinho was absolutely furious on the touchline.
69′ 1 – 0 Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave United the lead in 70th minute to ease the nervous.