Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg

Manchester United 2:1 Anderlecht

Old Trafford

Kick-off
Thu, 20 April 2017 @ 8:05pm BST
Status

Closed

Discussion Your Lineup Prediction

  • Status
    Not open for further replies.

    Lucky McLuckerson

    The saviour of our season (ask Maradona10)
    Joined
    Nov 5, 2016
    Messages
    0
    vs..


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

    Venue - Old Trafford, Manchester



    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



    '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.'


    Team News

    Manchester United

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




    Anderlecht

    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.


    Referee

    Alberto Undiano Mallenco.​
     

    tentan

    Full Member
    Joined
    Oct 5, 2013
    Messages
    2,687
    I'm confused do we play our so called strongest team or our 'second team' who beat the leaders today.
     

    Bwuk

    Full Member
    Joined
    Feb 29, 2012
    Messages
    13,164
    Romero
    Valencia - Bailly - Rojo - Darmian
    Herrera - Fellaini - Pogba - Lingard
    Zlatan - Rashford​

    Think Jose won't want to change too much from today.
     

    Android1974

    Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups
    Joined
    May 24, 2016
    Messages
    8,133
    Romero
    Valencia - Bailly - Rojo - Darmian
    Herrera - Fellaini - Pogba - Lingard
    Zlatan - Rashford​

    Think Jose won't want to change too much from today.
    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.
     

    charlenefan

    Far less insightful than the other Charley
    Joined
    Aug 17, 2005
    Messages
    24,083
    Team should be....

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

    Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini, Lingard, Young
     

    MyOnlySolskjaer

    Creator of Player Performance threads
    Joined
    Nov 27, 2014
    Messages
    19,271
    Location
    Player Performance Threads
    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.
     

    Android1974

    Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups
    Joined
    May 24, 2016
    Messages
    8,133
    Team should be....

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

    Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Fellaini, Lingard, Young
    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).
     

    Hugh Jass

    Shave Dass
    Joined
    Apr 16, 2016
    Messages
    6,040
    We need an early goal to settle the nerves. Being 2-0 up by 30 minutes should be the target.
     

    AgentP

    Full Member
    Joined
    Jun 7, 2013
    Messages
    4,861
    Location
    Chennai
    Will be tough to predict this one accurately. My XI would be

    Romero
    Valencia Bailly Rojo Darmian
    Pogba Herrera
    Lingard Mkhi Rashford
    Ibra​
     
    Last edited:

    Alabaster Codify7

    New Member
    Joined
    Mar 11, 2015
    Messages
    6,553
    Location
    Wales
    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
     

    sammsky1

    Pochettino's #1 fan
    Joined
    Feb 10, 2008
    Messages
    31,247
    Location
    London
    Team should be....

    -------------De Gea-------------
    Valencia--Bailly--Rojo--Shaw
    -------------Carrick-------------
    ------Herrera-----Pogba-------
    Mkhitaryan----------Rashford
    -------------Zlatan-------------
    Change Romero for DdG and thats what I also think. I expect us to win easily. 3-0
     

    top1whoisman

    Meet the press(conference)
    Joined
    May 18, 2016
    Messages
    11,397
    Location
    Helsinki
    They beat Oostende away 1-0 today. Looks like they played their strongest team.
     

    Offside

    Euro 2016 sweepstake winner
    Joined
    Jun 9, 2012
    Messages
    19,046
    Location
    Yorkshire
    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.
     
    Last edited:

    Damien

    Self-Aware RedCafe Database (and Admin)
    Staff
    Joined
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages
    88,305
    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.
     

    Android1974

    Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups
    Joined
    May 24, 2016
    Messages
    8,133
    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.
    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…
     

    CM10

    Full Member
    Joined
    Jul 24, 2014
    Messages
    3,955
    Had to cover the Anderlecht game for work today and it was pretty much their strongest side. Hanni scored a really nice goal too.
     

    The red panther

    princess transfer emo
    Joined
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages
    2,855
    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…
    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.
     

    Android1974

    Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups
    Joined
    May 24, 2016
    Messages
    8,133
    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.
    Have you even seen that game? He was our man of the match here, so I'm not even trying to be clever.
     

    The red panther

    princess transfer emo
    Joined
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages
    2,855
    ----------------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
     

    The red panther

    princess transfer emo
    Joined
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages
    2,855
    Have you even seen that game? He was our man of the match here, so I'm not even trying to be clever.
    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.
     

    Android1974

    Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups
    Joined
    May 24, 2016
    Messages
    8,133
    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.
    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.
     

    The red panther

    princess transfer emo
    Joined
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages
    2,855
    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.
    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.
     

    Android1974

    Incredibly anal about player positions in lineups
    Joined
    May 24, 2016
    Messages
    8,133
    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.
     

    nokillingmoths

    Full Member
    Joined
    Sep 28, 2013
    Messages
    5,692
    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.
    Feck off does Carrick only pass sideways and backwards. What a horse shit opinion.
     

    Treble_Winning

    New Member
    Newbie
    Joined
    Dec 12, 2016
    Messages
    1,221
    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.
     

    The red panther

    princess transfer emo
    Joined
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages
    2,855
    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.
    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.
     

    AdNani

    Full Member
    Joined
    Jun 25, 2014
    Messages
    668
    It is bullshit, one pass that lead to a chance doesn't change that
    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
     

    Unlikely lad

    Full Member
    Joined
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages
    3,525
    Location
    London
    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.
    You didn't say he created little. You literally stated that Carrick creates nothing as a fact.
     

    Treble_Winning

    New Member
    Newbie
    Joined
    Dec 12, 2016
    Messages
    1,221
    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
    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.
     
    Status
    Not open for further replies.
Post-match discussion

Player Ratings

6.2 Total Average Rating

Highest Rated Player

Lowest Rated Player

Compiled from 510 ratings.

Score Predictions

575,11,14
  • Man Utd win
  • Anderlecht win
  • Draw

Detailed Results

  • 41% Man Utd 2:0 Anderlecht
  • 26% Man Utd 3:0 Anderlecht
  • 8% Man Utd 1:0 Anderlecht
  • 8% Man Utd 2:1 Anderlecht
  • 6% Man Utd 3:1 Anderlecht
  • 5% Man Utd 4:0 Anderlecht
  • 2% Man Utd 5:0 Anderlecht
  • 2% Man Utd 0:0 Anderlecht
  • 1% Man Utd 4:1 Anderlecht
  • 1% Man Utd 0:1 Anderlecht
  • 1% Man Utd 2:2 Anderlecht
  • 1% Man Utd 1:2 Anderlecht
  • 0% Man Utd 0:3 Anderlecht
  • 0% Man Utd 0:5 Anderlecht
  • 0% Man Utd 1:1 Anderlecht
  • 0% Man Utd 1:3 Anderlecht
Compiled from 600 predictions.
Show more results Score Predictions League Table