Manchester United vs Anderlecht second Leg Match Preview
With the game finely poised at 1-1 from the first leg, Manchester United welcome Belgian giants, Anderlecht, in a fairly fiesty fixture of the second leg at Old Trafford. Set to kickoff at 20:00 GMT, this game could fairly prove either team’s credentials of winning the competition.
United enjoy a healthy aggregate, having got the crucial away goal, courtesy of a fine Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, they must be on guard against an Anderlecht side, having a wonderful streak of having lost just two in their last fourty games.
Following a tactical masterclass that saw United upend Chelsea 2-0 in the weekend, Jose Mourinho and his men in red will be in buoyant mood, going tonight, looking to bank fully on their rejuvenated confidence in marching forward in the competition.
The club captain, trained with the team and Mourinho has confirmed, that Wayne Rooney will be back into the frey. Albeit on the bench at the start, confidence is there about him having playing time. Sergio Romero will return to his post within the sticks as deputy to De Gea who is still nursing a hip problem. Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will miss the tie.
Anderlecht on the other hand, sit top of the Jupiler League, having not lost in their past seven matches, winning five, and are bidding to reach the semi-finals of a European competition for the first time since 1990.
If Manchester United’s home form this season is anything to go by, the Purple Whites will be looking to capitalise on that and gain the upperhand in the proceedings. However, historically speaking, Anderlecht are yet to not lose at Old Trafford.
The Belgian giants can draw inspiration from their own impressive feat of having scored in each of their past 11 European away games, since a 0-1 loss at FK Qarabag in October 2015. Leander Dendoncker having scored in the first leg, will be looking to repeat his antics this time again. Anderlecht has a fully fit squad apart from Andrew Najar, who remains doubtful.
With Leicester City’s valiant dream run having come to an end on Tuesday night, the hopes of English representation in Europe will rely on the Red Devils. With both teams raring to go forward, the game is set to be a potential nailbiter.