LASK faces Manchester United
LASK faces Manchester United in the city of Linz in a first Europa League 1/8-finals game between these two teams on Thursday. Just as always, we will preview this game for you during our Europa League predictions.
Respect to Salzburg, but LASK are probably the strongest Austrian team at the moment. They are leaders in the Austrian Bundesliga and they are showing their strenght in Europa League as well. During the 1/16-finals LASK did the job against the Dutch side AZ, beating them comfortably with 2-0 in the second game.
How did LASK prepare for this exciting fixture against Manchester United? On Sunday Valerien Ismael’s team visited Mattersburg in the Bundesliga and went home with a 1-0 win. It was the Brazilian striker Klauss who scored the only goal in the match. He had the chance to score a second as well, but he missed a penalty kick.
Manchester United won Europa League just few years ago and now they are motivated to do it again. This could be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first trophy at the Old Trafford. United’s goal is always playing in the Champions League, but for them this is an opportunity to win a prestigious European trophy again.
In the previous round of the competition Manchester United showed their strenght against the Belgian champion Club Brugge. The first game in Belgium was competitive, but in the second one United dominated and crushed their opponent with 5-0 at the Old Trafford. On this night Manchester United really brought back the memories of the time when this team was just fearsome in Europe.
In our Europa League predictions we can’t deny that Manchester United is the favourite in this tie, but the first leg in Linz could be a tricky one for them. The Austrian side is a classy one and this could be a difficult visit for the Red Devils.