Manchester United go head-to-head with Belgian side Anderlecht in the second leg of the quarter-final in the UEFA Europa League at Old Trafford this evening. A week ago, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the opening goal in the reverse fixture in Belgium, but a late equaliser from Leander Dendoncker saw that match end in a 1-1 draw, with United getting the away goal they set out to score. This evening, though, United will be under pressure to ensure the Belgian side do not score a single goal, aiming to win and win well in a bid to see them in tomorrow’s draw for the semi-final in Europe’s secondary tournament – a chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Jose Mourinho’s side will have been boosted by the victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday, which could also suggest Anderlecht will be wary of the threat United could well be against them this evening.
Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw;
Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Lingard;
De Gea; Blind; Martial, Young, Herrera, Fellaini; Rooney
Appiah, Mbodji, Spajic, Obradovic;
Tielemans, Dendoncker, Hanni;
Chipciu, Teodorczyk, Acheampong
Deschacht, Bruno, Nuytinck, Capel, Boeckx, Thelin, Stanciu
Tonight’s match will be the eighth between the two sides with the first meeting played on the 12th September 1956, which resulted in a 2-0 victory for United away from home. A fortnight later on the 26th September 1956, United won the reverse fixture 10-0, a 12-0 aggregate victory over the two legs. It was twelve years later on the 13th November 1968 before United and Anderlecht met again; a 3-0 victory at home was followed by a 3-1 defeat away, with United going through with a 4-3 aggregate victory. Thirty-two years later, United and Anderlecht met again, this time with a 5-1 victory for United at Old Trafford, which was followed by a 2-1 defeat away from home. A week ago, United and Anderlecht met for the seventh time in the history of both clubs, drawing 1-1, making tonight the match which will make all the difference for the winner.