Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg

Manchester United 2:1 Anderlecht

Man Utd 2:1 Anderlecht

Old Trafford

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Thu, 20 April 2017
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8:05 pm BST
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  1. Apr 15, 2017
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    Lucky McLuckerson The saviour of our season (ask Maradona10)

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    Date - Thursday, April 20 2017
    Kickoff Time - 2005 Hrs BST

    Venue - Old Trafford, Manchester

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    Europa League form guide

    Manchester United: WWDWD

    Anderlecht: WLWWD


    Previous Meetings

    Anderlecht 1 : 1 Manchester United

    Anderlecht 2 : 1 Manchester United

    Manchester United 5 : 1 Anderlecht

    Anderlecht 3 : 1 Manchester United

    Manchester United 3 : 0 Anderlecht


    All-Time Record

    Manchester United wins: 4
    Anderlecht wins: 2
    Draws: 1


    Pre-Match Pressers

    José Mourinho



    René Weiler






    Team News

    Manchester United

    Chris Smalling (knee injury), Phil Jones (toe injury) and Juan Mata (groin surgery) ruled out. Wayne Rooney doubtful.

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    Anderlecht

    Adrien Trebel not eligible (cup tied). Andy Nájar (hamstring injury) and Rubén Martinez (calf injury) doubtful.


    Know the opposition

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    Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, usually known as Anderlecht (and nicknamed Paars-wit or Les Mauves et Blancs - denoting their Purple and White outfits) is a Belgian professional football club based in Anderlecht, Brussels-Capital Region - playing in the Belgian First Division A. Anderlecht can be traced back to the foundation of the football club Sporting Club Anderlechtois on 27 May 1908 by a dozen of football lovers gathered at the Concordia café.

    Anderlecht are the most successful Belgian football team in European competitions, with five trophies, as well as in the Belgian domestic league, with 33 championship wins. They have also won nine Belgian Cups and hold the record for most consecutive Belgian championship titles, winning five between the 1963/64 and 1967/68 seasons - having played in the first division continuously since 1935/36. They are also ranked 12th amongst all-time UEFA club cup competition winners and tenth in the IFFHS continental Clubs of the 20th Century European ranking.

    Anderlecht have been playing their matches in the Astrid Park in the municipality of Anderlecht since 1917. Their current stadium, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, was first opened in 1983, and replaced the former Emile Versé Stadium. They play in purple and white outfits. They have long-standing rivalries with Club Brugge and Standard Liège and previously with FC Brussels.


    Referee

    Alberto Undiano Mallenco.​
  2. Apr 16, 2017
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    tentan Full Member

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    I'm confused do we play our so called strongest team or our 'second team' who beat the leaders today.
  3. Apr 16, 2017
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    Bwuk Full Member

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    Romero
    Valencia - Bailly - Rojo - Darmian
    Herrera - Fellaini - Pogba - Lingard
    Zlatan - Rashford​

    Think Jose won't want to change too much from today.
  4. Apr 16, 2017
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    3:0.
  5. Apr 16, 2017
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    He will, and he should. We played very well against Anderlecht in the first half, with a completely different formation and a Carrick-Pogba midfield. Different adversaries, different needs.
  6. Apr 16, 2017
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    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    Team should be....

    -------------De Gea-------------
    Valencia--Bailly--Rojo--Shaw
    -------------Carrick-------------
    ------Herrera-----Pogba-------
    Mkhitaryan----------Rashford
    -------------Zlatan-------------

    Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini, Lingard, Young
  7. Apr 16, 2017
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    Art Art the artist

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    Let's fecking have em.
  8. Apr 16, 2017
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    MyOnlySolskjaer Creator of Player Performance threads

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    Not sure how you can not pick Herrera after a game like that with the importance of the game vs. Anderlecht.

    Herrera is a big game player; assist against Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and assisted the winning goal against Southampton in the League Cup. There will be spaces for him to make some killer passes as Anderlecht have to score, for that reason we should start Mkhitaryan too.
  9. Apr 16, 2017
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    Still have my doubts about both Valencia and Shaw starting, Mourinho is very cautious and would dread an error from Shaw.

    Also, if Shaw starts, I would like to try starting Rashford on the right with Mkhitaryan/Lingard on the left (Martial seems out of the picture).
  10. Apr 16, 2017
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    Hugh Jass Full Member

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    We need an early goal to settle the nerves. Being 2-0 up by 30 minutes should be the target.
  11. Apr 16, 2017
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    AgentP Full Member

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    Will be tough to predict this one accurately. My XI would be

    Romero
    Valencia Bailly Rojo Darmian
    Pogba Herrera
    Lingard Mkhi Rashford
    Ibra​
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  12. Apr 16, 2017
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    Devil may care Full Member

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    Not sure who'll be at LB but I think we'll go 4-3-3.

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  13. Apr 16, 2017
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    Alabaster Codify7 Full Member

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    It won't be a complete walk in the park, but should be comfortable:

    ------------------Romero-------------------
    Valencia----Bailly-------Rojo-----Darmian
    ------------Herrera----Fellaini--------------
    ------------------Pogba---------------------
    Lingard--------------------------Rashford
    ------------------Zlatan--------------------

    SUBS - Mkhitaryan (Lingard), Martial (Rashford), Carrick (Herrera)

    Man United 2 - 0 Anderlecht
    Zlatan, Lingard
  14. Apr 16, 2017
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    sammsky1 Pochettino's #1 fan

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    Change Romero for DdG and thats what I also think. I expect us to win easily. 3-0
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    top1whoisman Meet the press(conference)

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    They beat Oostende away 1-0 today. Looks like they played their strongest team.
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    Offside Euro 2016 sweepstake winner

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    They either have to win or score twice and draw. Can't see that but we don't want it to be nervy at all. Early goal is crucial here.
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    Damien Self-Aware RedCafe Database (and Admin) Staff

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    Romero
    Valencia Bailly Rojo Darmian
    Herrera Pogba
    Lingard Mkhi Rashford
    Zlatan​

    Can see at most one change from that with Carrick or Fellaini possibly coming in for Mkhitaryan.

    Edit: Actually could see Young coming in too as Mourinho really likes him.
  18. Apr 16, 2017
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    Actually, 6 changes, including a totally different front 3, but yeah most of their best players.
  19. Apr 16, 2017
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    Smash 'em.
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    Carrick played so well against Anderlecht and if we go for a possession attacking display, as we should, he should feature.

    Young seemed physically in trouble today, so…
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    top1whoisman Meet the press(conference)

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    Well the front 6 looked like more or less their best. Don't know enough about their defense to judge that part.
  22. Apr 16, 2017
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    Had to cover the Anderlecht game for work today and it was pretty much their strongest side. Hanni scored a really nice goal too.
  23. Apr 16, 2017
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    Uhm what ?

    He slows everything down, he does nothing but pass sideways and backwards and he is one of our most static players. Also he creates literally nothing.

    I hope for god Jose sees sense and won't start Carrick in any game that matters anymore unless there really isn't any other option.
  24. Apr 16, 2017
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    Have you even seen that game? He was our man of the match here, so I'm not even trying to be clever.
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    ----------------DDG-------------------
    Valencia---Bailly-----Rojo-------Blind
    -----------Herrera---Pogba-----------
    Mkhitaryan--------------------Lingard
    ---------------Ibrahimovic-------------
    -----------------Rashford-------------
    Bench: TFM, Fellaini, Carrick, Darmian, Young, Martial, Romero

    I think this is our strongest team we could field
  26. Apr 17, 2017
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    Ofcourse I have seen that game

    It was also a very bad game from us and If I compare it to today where we outplayed Chelsea who are 10 times better than Anderlecht, one of the big differences was no Carrick for a big part of the game (being the part where we outplayed them and scored 2 goals). IDK how to simply this but we need movement in the midfield and Carrick brings about as much movement as a fecking statue.
  27. Apr 17, 2017
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    Very bad game? We played our best game in quite a while, first half we totally dominated them with almost 70% possession, away! Anderlecht are not so bad as we made them look. Second half we didn't score and suffered in a chance play. Today's game doesn't take away the good game we had. And Carrick moves the ball better than anyone in the team, which by the way in attacking possession is determinant, he doesn't need to be moving himself.
  28. Apr 17, 2017
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    Carrick offers nothing in attacking possesion and the only direction he moves the ball towards is backwards and sideways. Only MF players we have who do that well enough are Pogba and Herrera.

    And Anderlecht is a horribly bad team, I know I'am from Belgium and I watch them regularly. They are not PL standard by any means. We should be walking over teams like this, first half we did well enough without creating enough chances from it and second half we actually let them dominate us at times which was truely phatetic.

    Carrick in the midfield is worst idea ever if you want to see us play fluid football with some pace in build up.
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    Android1974 Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups

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    I'm a bit worried the away game looked too easy and that the players might decompress after this amazing win against Chelsea. Mourinho must find a way to make them aware of the danger, cause some players might start too relaxed, like Bailly, for instance.
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    dannyrhinos89 OMG socks and sandals lol!

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    Get an early goal and it should be steady away.
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    nokillingmoths Full Member

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    Feck off does Carrick only pass sideways and backwards. What a horse shit opinion.
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    The man is a statue and creates nothing, it is not an opnion, it is a fact.
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    Unlikely lad Full Member

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    I don't know why I'm even bothering, but did you watch the game today? In the limited time he got, Carrick set up Rashford who unfortunately hit the side netting.
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    First pass he played today, forward, created a chance for rashford.

    It's not a fact, its bullshit
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    Treble_Winning Banned

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    This would be a good game for Shaw to finally prove his worth on the big stage. If he plays like he did against Sunderland, he is easily our best left back, and one of the best in the PL. we need goals so I would rather start him than Darmian, he is more likely to provide assists and/or penetrating runs.
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    Yes I watched the game and carrick was good at neutralizing the match and bringing any and all tempo out of it (which was ok as we had a 2-0 lead). You take one good pass from carrick to try and deny my point that he creates very little but his stats tell a totally different story. He has no assists all season long, so even when he does very rarely play a good ball forward, it still doesn't result in goals. Compare that to Pogba who has 5 assists and Herrera who has 9 assists and I know who I want to play in midfield. Both are also more dynamic, faster and better in physical duels.

    I hope to see 2 man midfield without Carrick and Ibra and rashford given the chance to play together upfront. If Jose sticks with 1 striker and 3 man in midfield I hope he takes Fellaini over Carrick who also brings much more to the game.

    Carrick is good for me to bring in at the end of the match if we have a comfortable lead and need to neutralize the game but not to start a match.
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    The red panther princess transfer emo

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    It is bullshit, one pass that lead to a chance doesn't change that
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    AdNani New Member

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    84% off Carrick passes in the league this year have been forward. I genuinely can't believe people are still saying he only passes sideways and backwards
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    Unlikely lad Full Member

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    You didn't say he created little. You literally stated that Carrick creates nothing as a fact.
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    Treble_Winning Banned

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    Carrick contributes a lot to the build up. You are spot on. He is not a mere "water carrier", he does get involved in attacking moves, and his passing is very good. If we are playing 4-3-3 then he has to be included, no doubt about it, especially in big games where his experience will be important.
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