United lead 5-0 from March’s first leg and barring a massive collapse, will take their place in the quarter-final, which will mean a trip to Germany to compete in the mini-tournament to complete this season’s Europa League.
Manchester United Take on LASK Linz
Routes to the Last 16
Manchester United finished Group L with 13 points. They won four games of their six games, drawing one game and losing to Astana, in a game where United would play a team with an average age of just 22 years and 26 days. It was the youngest team to play in a European competition.
However, this loss didn’t stop them from topping the group, and they were rewarded with a tie against Club Brugge in the last 32.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg against the Belgian side, United would show their class in the second. Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Odion Ighalo, Scott McTominay and a double from Fred in the last 10 minutes meant that United moved on to play LASK, with a 6-1 aggregate win against this season’s Belgian champions.
LASK Linz topped a tough group, one that also featured Sporting Lisbon and PSV Eindhoven. They would then face the runners up from United’s group, AZ Alkmaar. After a 1-1 draw in the Netherlands, two second half goals saw LASK take an unassailable 3-1 aggregate lead.
The Next Round
The winner of this tie will travel to Germany to take part in the mini-tournament. They will face either Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen on Monday evening in the quarter-final.
The Turkish side hold a slight lead going into their second leg against the Danish side. They will play their second leg in the earlier kick-off on Wednesday, so United will go into their second-leg knowing who they will face in the quarter-final as long as they don’t suffer a major collapse.
He also confirmed that Jesse Lingard will start the game after scoring his first Premier League goal of the season against Leicester.
The Norwegian said: “Jesse will be starting tomorrow, but the team won’t be too different to the last time we played LASK away in March.
“We know that it will be a difficult game. It wasn’t a 5-0 game. We scored three goals in the last five, so of course we know that we have to perform. There’s opportunities for players to play in the quarters if we get through.”
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