The saviour of our season (ask Maradona10)
- Nov 5, 2016
Date - Thursday, April 20 2017
Kickoff Time - 2005 Hrs BST
Venue - Old Trafford, Manchester
Europa League form guide
Manchester United: WWDWD
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
Manchester United wins: 4
Anderlecht wins: 2
'Of course we have to believe, that we can progress. We do believe, but at the same time we have to be realistic.'
'We know we are playing a very high level team in Manchester United. You only have to look at the performance of this squad last Sunday, they limited Chelsea to hardly any shots on target at all.'
'I think they have had three defeats in the entire season and in the last 22 matches in the game they are unbeaten. They are very strong at the back and they have some great individuals as well.'
'Manchester United and Club Brugge are two teams who will both play a strong game against us.'
'I understand that you say that we should play our strongest team tomorrow. But I also have other things in my head.'
'It’s hard every three days to play with the same eleven. The players understand that the situation is difficult.'
'We can not use the same eleven every match. I am trying to balance between the European games and league games.'
'Fortunately, the atmosphere in the group good. The players are not causing a problem.'
'We saw in the first leg what they can do and we know it is going to be very hard, and we know that pretty much everyone in our team is going to have to put in a perfect performance.'
'But we do believe and we will be trying our absolute best to try and make sure that happens. We do need a goal but we need to be prudent as well.'
Chris Smalling (knee injury), Phil Jones (toe injury) and Juan Mata (groin surgery) ruled out. Wayne Rooney doubtful.
Adrien Trebel not eligible (cup tied). Andy Nájar (hamstring injury) and Rubén Martinez (calf injury) doubtful.
Know the opposition
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.
Alberto Undiano Mallenco.