Manchester United will up be against the Turkish side Fenerbache for the return leg of the UEFA Europa League Group stage match. The match is going to be an acid test for United as their Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho is slightly under the pump due to some bleak results. Dick Advocaat’s boys although not in a desperate situation also need to win the match to see themselves in a comfortable position in the group.
Manchester United vs Fenerbahce Match Preview
Fenerbahce will be playing on their home soil at the Sukru Sarakoglu Stadium and will be upbeat to get the better of their opponents to keep their hopes afloat. Their previous outing against the Red Devils which was at the Old Trafford did not turn out to be a successful one although their talismanic forward Robin van Persie found the back of the net. It was a consolation goal for the visitors as they lost the match 4-1. However, since that defeat they have somewhat picked up their performance as they notched up 14 points in their last 6 games. Their latest victory has been against Karabukspor where they beat them 5-0. Hence they will be confident to get some result out of the match although the previous outing against the English did not find them in a good spot.
Manchester United will, however, be desperate to get the results in their favour for their season has suddenly gone wayward after a solid start. Although they are in a good position in the group in this competition, United’s recent losses in other tournaments have put them in dire straits. To add to that controversy revolving their manager Jose Mourinho has made the situation even worse. A win for them in this match will see them in touching distance of the knock-outs. But a defeat might just put them in a situation where they might have to win every game. Mourinho will never want that to happen. Also, a win will somewhat stem the slide and give the team much confidence to go back and fight it out in the Premier League where they failed to win against Burnley despite creating ample opportunities.
Manchester United vs Fenerbahce Team News
Manchester United is expected to field a strong side in this away encounter. But there are few injury concerns as well. Antonio Valencia who has had an outstanding thus far has been left behind due to a fractured arm. Also the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Phil Jones have travelled with the team to Istanbul although their chances of playing are minimal. Mourinho is expected to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation with Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial slotting in behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This will be a big match for the former Swedish international as well for he has been suffering from a goal drought for quite some time now. In the midfield, Paul Pogba will be accompanied by Ander Herrera while the central defence will be marshalled by Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind. Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian are set to play as the side-backs. David De Gea will undoubtedly be there under the bar as United’s last line of defence.
Fenerbahce is also expected to field a strong starting line-up with Robin van Persie as the central forward. Jermaine Lens will, the former Sunderland man, come in to replace Van Der Wiel who had a torrid time against the Red Devils in the first encounter. Along with Lens, Aatif Chahechouhe and Volkan Sen will marshal the midfield that will be supported by Mehmed Topal and Josef De Souze with the defensive duties in the midfield. The back four will include Martin Skrtel, Simon Kjaer, Kaldirim and Ozbayrakli. Demirel will be under the bars for the home side.
Manchester United probable starting line-up and formation: (4-2-3-1) David De Gea, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney (captain) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Fenerbahce probable starting line-up and formation: (4-2-3-1) Demirel, Skrtel, Kjaer, Kaldirim, Ozbayrakli, Mehmed Topal, Josef De Souze, Jermaine Lens, Chahechouhe, Volkan Sen and Robin van Persie.
Manchester United vs Fenerbahce Match Details
Date: November 3, 2016
Venue: Sukru Saracoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Kick-off Time: 11.30pm (IST)
Manchester United vs Fenerbahce TV Guide and Live Streaming:
TV Listings: Match will be telecasted live in India only on Ten 2, Ten 1 HD, in the UK on BT Sport 2 and in USA on ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports 1
Online Streaming: Live streaming will be available in India on Ten Sports Live, in UK BT Sport Live and in USA on Fox Sports Go and Watch ESPN.
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