LASK vs. Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

12 March 2020

Thursday 12 March

Linzer Stadion - Europa League

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes Source:Marc Cosgrove/Shutterstock

LASK vs. Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

A resurgent Manchester United travel to Austria to face Bundesliga leaders LASK in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. The Red Devils have shown some real improvement in recent weeks, but this week’s game represents a step into the unknown for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Past Meetings

These two teams have never met before, so Thursday’s encounter is set to be a first. It’s a season of firsts for LASK, who’ve competed in various European competitions before but never got as far as this stage, aside from the Intertoto Cup.

Team News

Solskjaer has tinkered with his starting line-up a little in the Europa League, but we can expect to see a strong Manchester United team at the Linzer Stadion. Long-term absentees Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba won’t feature, but the likes of Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo - impressive in his cameo off the bench in the Manchester derby on Sunday - will hope for a start.

While the visiting squad is made up of an eclectic mix of various nationalities, only three players in LASK’s squad aren’t from Austria. That includes top scorer Klauss, a Brazilian forward on loan from Hoffenheim who’s scored 17 goals in all competitions so far this season. That includes three in the Europa League and two in four games in the Champions League qualifying stages.

LASK vs. Manchester United Preview and Predictions

Manchester United are finally starting to look like a team again rather than a collection of misfiring individuals, and they’ll need to stick together to go deep into the Europa League this season. Austrian Bundesliga side LASK are the team standing between the Reds and the quarter-finals.

LASK topped their group ahead of Sporting Lisbon and PSV Eindhoven before knocking out AZ Alkmaar - who are level on points with Eredivisie leaders Ajax - in the round of 32, so Valerien Ismael’s side are no mugs.

Die Schwarz-Weißen did, however, lose 3-1 on aggregate to Club Brugge in the qualifying rounds for this season’s Champions League. United swatted the Belgian outfit aside in the last round of this competition, easing to a 5-0 victory back at Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw in Bruges.

The Premier League side are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions, winning seven. That includes an excellent 2-0 victory over local rivals Manchester City on Sunday, with new signing Bruno Fernandes standing out once again.

The Portuguese playmaker scored the winning goal for Sporting against LASK in the group stages, and his creativity, work rate and leadership have been a revelation at his new club since a big-money January move.

United have been much improved in the final third since Fernandes’s arrival, while they’ve also been excellent at the back recently, conceding only two goals in their last 10 games. The visitors are the favourites for the win here at 1.90, while LASK are 4.20 and the draw is 3.55.

Recommended Bets

Man United to win to nil at 2.80

First legs are often cagey, and with United looking great defensively in recent matches, the visitors could nick this one by the odd goal.

Man United to win 1-0 at 6.55

With the above in mind, this scoreline could be on the cards on Thursday. Why not enhance your odds by adding Bruno Fernandes as the only goalscorer?

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