Partizan vs Manchester United
Who? Partizan vs Manchester United in Group L of the UEFA Europa League Matchweek 3 Group Stages (Live on BT Sport)
Where? FK Partizan Stadium, Serbia
When? 17:55 GMT, Thursday 24th October 2019
Matchweek 3 of the UEFA Europa League sees the 2017 Europa League Champions Manchester United visit Serbian outfit Partizan Belgrade in Group L.
Partizan have four points from six so far in the tournament and have scored four goals. A 2-2 home draw in Serbia against AZ Alkmaar and a 2-1 away victory against Astana means a strong start for Savo Milošević’s side. Despite fears of racism interfering with the game, the game will hopefully be able to be played with no stages of the protocol halting the game. Young Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq has been in fine form and could cause problems for United’s back line.
For United, it has been a very underwhelming start to life in the Europa League. They currently 2nd on goal difference in the group, having also picked up four points from their opening games. A dull 1-0 home win against Astana and a lucky goalless draw away to Alkmaar means they require improvement. Ole’s tactics will be in question once again if they cannot get points from this game.
Partizan (12/5* to Win): Savo Milošević has only two injuries concerns to worry about. Former Liverpool man Lazar Markovic will miss out against his former rivals. Midfielder Seydouba Soumah is also a big doubt for the clash with Man United in the closely contested Group L.
Manchester United (6/5* to Win): Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is without Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot. Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard have returned and are in contention. Youngsters Ethan Laird and Matej Kovar have been added to the travelling squad.
In their histories, the only matches these sides have played against each other was in the 1965-66 European Cup semi-finals. Manchester United were unable to turn a 2-0 away defeat around with a 1-0 home win not enough to seal a place in the Final.
United have not conceded more than once in their last 13 Europa League games, keeping nine clean sheets in this run.
Partizan are now unbeaten in 11 home matches in this competition, having won eight and draw three.
*odds as of October 24th at 11:45 GMT and subject to change
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