The away game against Partizan proved to be a turning point for Manchester United as they secured their first away win since March and followed with a run of away wins. Will they be grounded again by the Serbian opponent this time around?
The youngsters have gotten the nod by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Europa League this season and the minutes are giving them an understanding of what’s needed at top level. Man Utd have only scored twice so far in the competition and it’s not expected to be a firework of a match this time either.
TOTAL GOALS UNDER 2.5
Even though they have won by one-goal in two out of three matches so far, with the latter ending a goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar, they have got a great win rate against Serbian sides at Old Trafford. This will most likely end in another comfortable home win for Man Utd in Europe.
MAN UTD TO WIN TO NIL
Partizan Belgrade finished third in the Serbian Superliga last season and went through the qualifiers to play in this year’s group stage. They are still struggling to find their feet on foreign turf in Europe, as they are on the losing side in 10 out of 16 away games in the group stage of the Europa League. They started this year with a win away to Astana, but Man Utd are yet to concede a goal in the tournament and Partizan will have to dig deep to find a way past the Old Trafford defence.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE – NO
Head to Head
The two sides have met three times previously, the latest coming in the last round of Group L last month. It ended with a 1-0 win for Man Utd in Belgrade, when Anthony Martial grabbed the winner for the away side. His penalty goal in the 43rd minute of the first half decided the match at Stadion Partizana. In the European Cup semi-final in 1965/66, the two sides met over two legs and eventually Partizan went through to the final after winning 2-1 on aggregate.
Man Utd to win
Another moment will present itself for the younger players at Old Trafford and they will want to show Solskjaer that he can count on them when he considers who to promote into the first team in Man Utd. They are looking strong of late and will be looking to carry on the good form against Partizan.
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