Manchester United v Astana : UEFA Europa League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

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Date :Thursday 19th, September
Stadium Old Trafford
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Team News

Manchester United
Manchester United begin their Europa League campaign at home to Astana at Old Trafford on Thursday.

United compete in Europe’s secondary competition for the third time in five seasons this term courtesy of another disappointing sixth place finish last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his side back on track after an early wobble against Leicester last Saturday but is already seeing his squad tested as injuries set in.
Daniel James will miss Manchester United's Europa League opener against Astana along with Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.

The fleet-footed winger picked up a knock in Saturday's win against Leicester and was absent from United's session on Wednesday, when Pogba (ankle) and Shaw (hamstring) did individual work.

Martial (thigh) and Eric Bailly (knee) are out through injury, but Jesse Lingard (illness) and Diogo Dalot (hip) trained with the rest of the squad on the eve of the match. Solskjaer has confirmed Mason Greenwood, Fred and Axel Tuanzebe will start against Astana, along with back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Possible Man Utd XI: Romero; Dalot, Jones, Tuanzebe, Rojo; Garner, Fred; Lingard, Gomes, Chong; Greenwood.

Kazakh champions Astana will hope to throw another spanner in the works in what is their first ever game against English competition.
After losing six of their first seven away games in major European competition (D1), Astana have lost just one of their last six on the road (W2 D3).

Head To Head
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between an English side and a Kazakhstan side.

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 Europa League games (W8 D3), winning the tournament the last time they competed in it (2016-17).

Prediction Manchester United 2-0 Astana
Astana will come and 'park the bus'. Manchester United were not brilliant at the weekend, but it was a fabulous result - they nearly stumbled but they didn't, and it is about getting yourselves the three points, in what was a dangerous game.