After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Bournemouth in their most recent Premier League match, Manchester United will aim to bounce back on the European stage, Knowing a win could put them extremely close to a knockout-stage berth, The Red Devils will aim to extend their undefeated UEFA Europa League run (W2, D1) when they take on Partizan at Old Trafford. This match will be played on Thursday at 20:00 GMT.
Manchester United won’t have several players available for this contest. The biggest absentees are Victor Lindelof and Paul Pogba, but the list continues to grow. Right now, these are all the players currently unavailable for Thursday’s contest: Paul Pogba, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly, Angel Gomes, Diogo Dalot, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. With that in mind, expect Solskjaer to include several youngsters into the matchday squad once again.
On the other hand, Partizan do not have any injury concerns ahead of this match. They have a number of players with Premier League experience in the current squad, including former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic. AS Roma loanee Umar Sadiq and former Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic are two other names to watch on the Serbian side.
Manchester United seemed to be getting on a roll of positive results thanks to a decent undefeated streak, but they returned to their shaky ways with a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth in their previous Premier League encounter. Their UEFA Europa League has been solid, though. Through the first three games, The Red Devils are undefeated (W2, D1) and have not conceded a single goal yet. Winning here would push the team quite close to a potential berth for the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, Partizan have also had a disappointing domestic season – at least by their own standards. They sit in fourth place of the standings thanks to a W9, D2, L3. They have gone W2, L1 at the domestic level since the last time they faced Manchester United, but enter this game 10 points behind Crvena Zvezda at the top of the standings. When it comes to their Europa League form, they sit in third place with four points. They must get a positive result here, because otherwise AZ Alkmaar could run away with the second place of the standings after this week’s action.
What is our previous all-time record against Partizan?
Manchester United and Partizan have placed three times in the past. The H2H record shows two wins for The Red Devils, and one for the Serbian giants. Manchester United have won the lone previous meeting at Old Trafford, as well as the most recent H2H encounter just a few weeks ago. Both wins came via a 1-0 scoreline.
Manchester United remain depleted through injuries, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might choose to play with an alternative squad here. However, they remain the better side and Partizan shouldn’t represent much of a threat. Especially at Old Trafford, where The Red Devils will be able to control the tempo and possession of the game. Even though the Serbian giants have looked good in the UEFA Europa League thus far, they already lost in their previous meeting against Manchester United. All things considered, The Red Devils should be able to secure the three points in front of their fans.