Club Brugge entered Europa League after a participation in the group stage of the Champions League. The Belgian team beat Galatasaray for the third place in Group A, which allowed them to reach the second best competition on the continent. They did it despite of the fact that they won just three points in the group – all of them from draws.
For Club Brugge this is a fine season so far. They progressed to Europa League and they are currently leaders in the Belgian First Division A, losing just one game in 26 played so far. Brugge are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competition. Few days ago they secured their 18th win in the First Division A, beating Waasland-Beveren with 2-1 at home.
Manchester United had a fairly calm campaign in the Europa League’s group stage. The Red Devils comfortably won their group with four wins, one draw and one loss, qualifying for the 1/16-finals. United will try to win the competition again after their triumph under Jose Mourinho in 2017. This could be their ticket towards a return to the Champions League and they know it very well.
The manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is usually mixing the team when it comes to Europa League, but let’s see how he will do during the knockout phase. He must be happy with his players right now after the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.
Manchester United approach this game against Club Brugge in a role of a favourite, but the Belgians could give them some trouble. Even a draw would be a good result here for United before the second leg at the Old Trafford.
Right now Bournemouth could be satisfied with they way they perform as they are 9th in the league standings with 13 points won so far, which is absolutely okay for the Cherries. What can worry them is the fact that they are without a win in their last four games in the league, doing three draws and losing once against Arsenal at the Emirates.
In the previous round Bournemouth won a point during their 0-0 draw against Watford at the Vicarage Road, although they can feel regretful about some missed opportunities in this match.
Against Manchester United the manager Eddie Howe can’t use some of his players. Charlie Daniels, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks and Dan Gosling are all injured, missing the home clash against the Red Devils.
Manchester United right now are enjoying a run of three consecutive wins, achieved in three different competitions – Europa League, Premier League and the League Cup.
Last week United managed to enjoy a 3-1 during the visit to Norwich City in the Premier League, while on Wednesday the team progressed in the League Cup as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys visited Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge and clinched a 2-1 win. Marcus Rashford scored both goals for the Red Devils.
This is a good run of results for Manchester United. The manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was heaviliy criticized lately, but this kind of performance could improve his current situation at the club. What Manchester United needs right now is just one thing – wins, wins and wins.
Based on Manchester United’s current form, we can say they are in a good position to chase all of the three points against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. The Cherries are a tough opponents, but United are in a good shape right now.
AZ hosts Manchester United at the Cars Jeans Stadion in Den Haag in a match from Group L of Europa League.
AZ are seeking their first win in the competition for this season, although it’s not going to be easy against Manchester United, of course. In the first round of the group phase AZ travelled to the Serbian capital Belgrade in order to face Partizan. The Dutch side won a point after a 2-2 draw, despite of the red card which the Norwegian right back Jonas Svensson recieved after just 27 minutes of playing.
Calvin Stengs and Myron Boadu scored for the visitors, while Partizan didn’t find a way to use the advantage to play with a man more on the pitch.
Manchester United are the current leader in this group. Two weeks ago the Red Devils hosted Kazakhstan’s champion Astana at the Old Trafford, enjoying a 1-0 win. The hosts had to wait until the 73 minute in order to score a winner. It was the teenager Mason Greenwood, who put the ball in the net after an assist from Fred. Greenwood played the whole 90 minutes for United, proving once again that he’s one of the club’s brightest talents at the moment.
Just few days ago Manchester United had a Premier League derby against Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams. Scott McTominay opened the score for the Red Devils, but the Gunners secured a point after an equalising goal from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
It’d be curious to see what kind of a line-up the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will choose for the visit to the Netherlands. We expect that many youngsters will find a place in the starting eleven once again. Mason Greenwood entered the pitch as a substitute against Arsenal, but against AZ it’s a perfect chance for him to start.
We think that AZ and Manchester United will offer us a very competitive game in Europa League, so be careful with your picks here. We wish you good luck.