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What We’ve Learned: Martial, Greenwood and Rashford putting in performances, McTominay showing his worth, Solskjaer supported by match-going fans

Manchester United beat Partizan Belgrade 3-0 at Old Trafford in the fourth group stage match of the UEFA Europa League. Goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford saw United reign supreme leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side two points clear at the top of the group with two matches remaining.

 United started well and could have scored at least twice before they finally found the net. After lacking composure in the early stages, United started to take their chances. Mason Greenwood opened up the scoring in the 22nd minute of the match, assisted by Marcus Rashford, scoring his second goal in the competition this season.

Just 11 minutes later, after peppering the Partizan goal a few times, United doubled their lead through Anthony Martial, who scored his fifth goal of the season, his third in five matches since returning from injury. Greenwood charged down a clearance with Martial receiving the ball putting his finish underneath the goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.

Just four minutes into the second half, United scored their third goal of the evening, the third time they had scored this many goals in a match this season. Rashford, assisted by Ashley Young fired his rasping drive with his left foot which was not going to be stopped by the Partizan goalkeeper. United cruised to victory at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial looked clinical against Partizan Belgrade, which could be the start of him heading back into a period of form.

Anthony Martial was a big miss to the club during his injury spell which lasted eight matches. Playing in the last six matches, including a six-minute cameo against Liverpool, the Frenchman has scored three times which is great to see. Martial played his best game for United this season and perhaps during his career at the club, leading the line and doing what was needed to ensure United took the spoils and qualified for the round of 32 stage in the Europa League this season.

Marcus Rashford can produce the goods for United when playing on the left-wing much better than he can when leading the line.

Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals for the club this season, assisting three more meaning he has been involved in 11 goals in the 16 matches he has played in this season. Rashford reached the 50 goal milestone for the club at the end of last month, which was a big achievement for lad, who turned 22 four days later. Rashford has led the line in the absence of Martial but seemingly struggled in that position and plays much better on the left-wing, which is where he scored from this evening and for England at the start of October.

Mason Greenwood is starting to fit into this United squad and showing his class in various positions.

The 18-year-old has risen to the occasion this season and is starting to raise his game for this club. Scoring his third goal for the club this season, his second in the Europa League, Greenwood is going to be some player when he finally reaches his level, which is showing signs of being predatory in front of goal and also handy with his passing. Greenwood might be a striker, but he’s not going to dislodge Martial from the team, unless he is injured. Playing on the right-wing is best for him now and as he develops as a player, he can play in his favoured role, which could shock his opposition is he develops as many think he might.

Scott McTominay has been a model professional for United this season, becoming the first name on the team sheet – if his injury is a serious one he will be a big loss.

Scott McTominay has been a model professional for the club ever since he first played football. He was a late developer in the academy but slowly made his way into the first team, Jose Mourinho gave him his first opportunity in his second season at the club. He has been a mainstay since last season and despite the criticism he has received from the all-knowing supporters on social media, he has proved them wrong. I don’t think he’s world class but he gets on with his job and puts his all in for this team, which cannot be faulted. Against Partizan, he came off injured in the 75th minute and if that stops his from playing for a prolonged period of time, it could be a massive blow for Solskjaer and United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might face a lot of criticism on social media, but inside Old Trafford and beyond, there is nothing but patience for the manager, not incessant moaning.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been disrespected by many this season because of the results this team has had. Some would think this team was great before Solskjaer came in but true to form, the fans, mainly on social media, have no patience and just call for a manager to be sacked when everything does not fall into place when they expect it to. We have seen this mentality see the end of three managers of the club already and if it does not stop, United will never venture any further than being a year or two into a rebuild, starting again under a new manager.

Patience is a virtue and something that the social media ‘fans’ need to adopt otherwise the toxicity will start to turn against them. On social media after a poor draw or a defeat, you always tend to see #OleOut trending, which in effect means nothing other than a moment of pleasure for toxic ‘fans’ who think they are the ones who make decisions. However, at Old Trafford and in other stadiums, the same discontent is not visible against Solskjaer which suggests the fans are patient – as despite what some say on Twitter, they have seen much worse things at this club in the last six years.

I saw one ‘fan’ on Twitter suggest that the players Solskjaer has brought to the club during the summer transfer window, the only transfer window so far that he has brought players to the club, were the players that were responsible for poor performances this season. Harry Maguire has largely been a rock in the centre of defence this season. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been a massive need for the right-back position, doing more good things than bad and Daniel James has had a better influence on this team in just over three months than Alexis Sanchez in more than 18 months. If that is bad, I would hate to see the ones this whopper thought were good.

Review & Ratings: Greenwood, Martial and Rashford shine in 3-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade; Martial MOTM?

Manchester United beat Partizan Belgrade 3-0 at Old Trafford in the fourth group stage match of the UEFA Europa League. Goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford saw United reign supreme leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side two points clear at the top of the group with two matches remaining.

United started well and could have scored at least twice before they finally found the net. After lacking composure in the early stages, United started to take their chances. Mason Greenwood opened up the scoring in the 22nd minute of the match, assisted by Marcus Rashford, scoring his second goal in the competition this season.

Just 11 minutes later, after peppering the Partizan goal a few times, United doubled their lead through Anthony Martial, who scored his fifth goal of the season, his third in five matches since returning from injury. Greenwood charged down a clearance with Martial receiving the ball putting his finish underneath the goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.

Just four minutes into the second half, United scored their third goal of the evening, the third time they had scored this many goals in a match this season. Rashford, assisted by Ashley Young fired his rasping drive with his left foot which was not going to be stopped by the Partizan goalkeeper. United cruised to victory at Old Trafford.

Manchester United

Review & Ratings: Greenwood, Martial and Rashford shine in 3-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade; Martial MOTM?

The second in command goalkeeper stood in for David De Gea against Partizan, continuing his good form as United's goalkeeper.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back has a good game for United and will have redeemed himself after the mistake he made against Bournemouth, despite covering for Harry Maguire, which some on social media slated him for. I get Partizan were the weaker side, but it will be a performance to raise his confidence ahead of Sunday's must win clash against Brighton at Old Trafford.

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5 Harry Maguire

Solid in defence for the majority of the game, although Partizan did have chances to score, finding the back of the net, although offside. Maguire has not been at his best yet this season with United's fortunes being quite sparce. The confidence gained from this match could see United put in another good performance at home against Brighton.

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Review & Ratings: Greenwood, Martial and Rashford shine in 3-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade; Martial MOTM?

The Argentinian has been called upon a few times this season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the fact that he could have exited the club before the Premier League transfer window closed back in August. Rojo could have earned his stripes to remain at the club, which may become telling over the next two months with the January transfer window coming ever closer. Rojo had a good defensive game, not that there was much to really do.

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Review & Ratings: Greenwood, Martial and Rashford shine in 3-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade; Martial MOTM?

The club captain got an assist for Marcus Rashford's goal, United's third. Defensively, I though Young was poor, however, he got forward a lot, in fact every time United pressed forward, Young was supporting the attack. He's suspended for Sunday's clash with Brighton so won't play for United again until after the final international break of 2019.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Scotland international has been on top of his game of late and could well be the first name on the teamsheet for the manager. He ran his heart out against Partizan, showing his class in midfield. He really has risen his game over the last few seasons and you can see what Jose Mourinho saw in him. Sadly, due to a knock, his match was over in the 75th minute with Jesse Lingard replacing him.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder has been in good form recently and kind of continued that against Partizan. His passing was good as was his distribution, although he did make a mistake which could have seen Partizan get a goal, but they didn't. Fred was replaced by James Garner in the 63rd minute, ending his evening for United.

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11 Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old scored his third goal for the club this season, his second in the Europa League with a great finish against Partizan. He also was credited with the assist for Anthony Martial's goal, United's second and did well throughout the match. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be impressed with Greenwood's ability on and off the ball which could see him play again this weekend.

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8 Juan Mata

The veteran Spanish midfielder did well for United against the Serbian side. He may not have scored or assisted any goals but did use his footballing brain to read the game and create advantages for United in the attack. Matches like this show Mata's ability and worth to the squad. However, he may struggle to play like this against most teams in the Premier League.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward did well against the Serbian side and could have perhaps scored a few goals. He got his name on the scoresheet, scoring United's third of the evening, assisted by Ashley Young. Rashford could have been rested for this match but winning this game will put United in good stead for the knockout stages, meaning job done, for now at least. Rashford's evening ended in the 67th minute after Andreas Pereira replaced him.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman played well against Partizan in what was probablt his best performance as a forward this season, perhaps in his United career. If this is the start of a period of form for Martial, it will certainly silence the moaners.

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Substitutes

37 James Garner

Replaced Fred 63'. Made his Old Trafford debut for the first team.

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15 Andreas Pereira

Replaced Rashford 67'. The Belgian-born Brazilian did well against Partizan but after Scott McTominay came off injured, he played alongside James Garner in midfield, doing well against the Serbian side.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced McTominay 75'. It has been a frustrating season for Lingard, who needs to find a way back into creating and scoring goals. His last goal for the club (a brace) came against Cardiff City almost 11 months ago, which is poor considering his performances on social media, which suggest he's better than he is.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 22′, Anthony Martial 33′, Marcus Rashford 49′

Assists: Mason Greenwood 33′, Ashley Young 49′

Manchester United: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Rojo, Young; McTominay (Lingard 75′), Fred (Garner 63′); Greenwood, Mata, Rashford (Pereira 67′); Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Grant; Jones, Williams; James

Bookings: Ashley Young 71′; Bibras Natkho 32′, Strahinja Pavlovic 58′

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial, Rashford, Greenwood and Mata start against Partizan Belgrade

Manchester United will be back in UEFA Europa League action this evening as they welcome Partizan Belgrade to Old Trafford. A fortnight ago, United beat Partizan in Belgrade 1-0 with Anthony Martial scoring a penalty in the 43rd minute of the match. It was United third game in the group and their second victory, drawing with AZ Alkmaar weeks before.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed the form of his team after the last international break, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford, then beating Partizan (1-0), Norwich City (3-1) and Chelsea (2-1) before falling to a lack lustre 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth at the weekend. Solskjaer will need to get his team back to winning ways, which could also see United reach the round of 32 stage of the tournament.

It would be fair to say that United has not had a great amount of luck this season, added to injuries, which saw Martial out for eight weeks and other important players facing time on the sidelines. Selling Romelu Lukaku may not be seen as a mistake, as supporters had stated that they wanted to see the back of him, however, not replacing him in the summer transfer window will be seen as a mistake.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Rojo, Young;

McTominay, Fred;

Greenwood, Mata, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Grant; Jones, Williams; Lingard, Pereira, James, Garner

Partizan Belgrade:

Stojkovic;

Miletic, Ostojic, Pavlovic, Urosevic;

Natkho, Zdjelar, Scekic, Asano;

Soumah, Sadiq

Substitutes:

Stevanovic, Vujacic, Tosic, Ivanovic, Brezancic, Lutovac

United and Partizan Belgrade have played three times in the history of both clubs. United has won twice, losing the other match. The first match came in 1966 in the European Cup, a match played at the Partizan Stadium with ended up being a 2-0 defeat to United, despite the likes of Harry Gregg, Bill Foulkes, Paddy Crerand, Nobby Styles, George Best, and Denis Law all playing.

Just a week later, United won 1-0 at Old Trafford with Styles scoring the goal but it saw United eliminated from the competition just eight years after the Munich Air Disaster. United would be European champions two years later though, a decade after the tragedy. A fortnight ago, United beat Partizan 1-0 in Belgrade with Anthony Martial scoring a penalty.

Key Battles: Marcos Rojo, Daniel James, and Anthony Martial to be involved in battles against Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford?

Manchester United will be back in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening as they welcome Partizan Belgrade to Old Trafford. A fortnight ago, United beat Partizan in Belgrade 1-0 with Anthony Martial scoring a penalty in the 43rd minute of the match. It was United third game in the group and their second victory, drawing with AZ Alkmaar weeks before.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed the form of his team after the last international break, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford, then beating Partizan (1-0), Norwich City (3-1) and Chelsea (2-1) before falling to a lack lustre 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth at the weekend. Solskjaer will need to get his team back to winning ways, which could also see United reach the round of 32 stage of the tournament.

It would be fair to say that United has not had a great amount of luck this season, added to injuries, which saw Martial out for eight weeks and other important players facing time on the sidelines. Selling Romelu Lukaku may not be seen as a mistake, as supporters had stated that they wanted to see the back of him, however, not replacing him in the summer transfer window will be seen as a mistake.

Predicted Starting XI: United might have many changes from the last match, a defeat to Bournemouth but playing a largely second-string in the Europa League gives players a rest for Sunday.

Manchester United: Sergio Romero; Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Brandon Williams; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Daniel James, Anthony Martial

Partizan Belgrade: Vladimir Stojković; Nemanja Miletić, Bojan Ostojić, Strahinja Pavlović, Slobodan Urošević; Saša Zdjelar, Bibras Natkho; Zoran Tošić, Seydouba Soumah, Takuma Asano; Umar Sadiq

Key Battles: Marcos Rojo, Daniel James, and Anthony Martial to be involved in the key battles against Partizan Belgrade? Umar Sadiq, Bibras Natkho, and Strahinja Pavlović involved for the away side.

Key Battle One: Marcos Rojo versus Umar Sadiq

Marcos Rojo was linked with an exit in the summer with Everton the team interested in the player, but it all fell through. He has played seven times in all competitions this season, putting in some good performances along the way. The Argentinian might have something in his locked to remain at the club, seemingly being trusted, albeit scarcely, by Solskjaer.

Rojo might have to be at his defensive best to stop United from conceding a goal or two at Old Trafford. Top scorer, Umar Sadiq has scored ten goals in all competitions this season and if he starts, he will be seeking to add to that tally. United conceded a sloppy goal against Bournemouth at the weekend, something they have been party to this season.

Key Battle Two: Daniel James versus Bibras Natkho

Daniel James was a £15 million bargain on the summer based on the impact he has had at the club in such a short spell. In terms of what he has offered, he has nearly matched what Alexis Sanchez did for the club in 18 months in the first three months of his career at the club. James has scored three goals, assisting two more, all in the Premier League.

Bibras Natkho could be a player tasked with closing down James, if he does start at Old Trafford on Thursday evening. The veteran midfielder is the captain for the Israeli national team and has played 14 times this season, scoring six goals. His experience in the game could be the key in stopping the 21-year-old from creating for his team.

Key Battle Three: Anthony Martial versus Strahinja Pavlović

Anthony Martial has scored four goals for United this season, two of them at the start of the season, the other two in the last four appearances, one of them a fortnight ago against Partizan, from the penalty spot. Missing eight matches through injury, Martial was a big miss for United throughout September and the start of October.

Coming into form now will be a good time with many matches coming up before the end of the year in the Europa League, Carabao Cup, and the Premier League. Strahinja Pavlović could be a problem for Martial as Partizan has once conceded 17 goals in all competitions this season, keeping a clean sheet 11 times.

How Manchester United should look in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Partizan Belgrade giving Rashford a rest and Greenwood a start

Manchester United will be back in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening as they welcome Partizan Belgrade to Old Trafford. A fortnight ago, United beat Partizan in Belgrade 1-0 with Anthony Martial scoring a penalty in the 43rd minute of the match. It was United third game in the group and their second victory, drawing with AZ Alkmaar weeks before.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed the form of his team after the last international break, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford, then beating Partizan (1-0), Norwich City (3-1) and Chelsea (2-1) before falling to a lack lustre 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth at the weekend. Solskjaer will need to get his team back to winning ways, which could also see United reach the round of 32 stage of the tournament.

It would be fair to say that United has not had a great amount of luck this season, added to injuries, which saw Martial out for eight weeks and other important players facing time on the sidelines. Selling Romelu Lukaku may not be seen as a mistake, as supporters had stated that they wanted to see the back of him, however, not replacing him in the summer transfer window will be seen as a mistake.

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero has largely been the first choice goalkeeper in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup this season, giving David De Gea a break to refresh, which is a good thing. Romero is a great understudy and will put in the required performance, giving United the strength to rest the number one goalkeeper at the club.

With the number of matches coming up before the end of the year, De Gea will be grateful of having a professional number two in Romero, giving him the time to recharge his batteries ahead of important matches. If United get the win, they could qualify for the round of 32 stage with two matches left, which could see youth tested with nothing to lose.

Defenders: Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Brandon Williams

The defence is an area which needs rotation. Victor Lindelof and Axel Tuanzebe are both injured and Harry Maguire would benefit from a rest, if allowed. This could see Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in the centre of midfield. The latter has been doing well recently, despite his collapsed move to Everton putting him in a poor frame of mind.

On the flanks, Ashley Young could play in the right-back position, giving Aaron Wan-Bissaka a rest as the club captain will be suspended for the clash with Brighton on Sunday. Brandon Williams could start in the left-back position, something that should have happened against Bournemouth at the weekend, rather than trust Young on the flank.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred

There is not a lot of rotation to be made in this team at this stage of the season with both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic both on the sidelines through injury. Scott McTominay has been one of the stand out players in the squad recently, scoring two goals already this season and improving on a game by game basis.

Fred should also keep his place, not because the club lack other options but because he has been gaining confidence and showing what he can do in the midfield, which is good to see. Some suggest he has been terrible, despite showing promise, I guess there are so many critical supporters out there who won’t show any positivity.

Attacking Midfield: Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Daniel James

With the importance of changing the form of the team in the Premier League this season, resting Marcus Rashford, as he has led the line throughout the absence of Anthony Martial, is something that needs to happen. Hopefully, being on the bench could see him playing, if needed, or rested if he is not needed. Mason Greenwood should start.

The teenager is full of promise and him operating on the right-wing could be helpful with Daniel James playing on the left, which is where he started his run of form in the opening stages of the season. Juan Mata could play behind Martial, being the brain in the team flanked by pace, which should help him massively.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman is slowly finding his form once again after scoring twice in his last four appearances for the club. I would like to see him score more goals than he has done now that he is playing in the number nine role that Martial FC say he is good at. I will give him more time to find that form though and hope that he does.

The is a lack of creativity at the club, which could be one of the reasons for his inability to score goals every time he plays, so that is also there for the manager and the club to change. When Paul Pogba is back in action, if he ever is, should give more creativity, if the player wants to put in the effort. Other than that, the transfer window in January may provide something.

Substitutes: Lee Grant; Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Jesse Lingard, James Garner; Marcus Rashford, Tahith Chong

The bench could be important for this match, especially with United in action again three days later against Brighton. Victor Lindelof is injured to Harry Maguire should occupy a place on the bench, possible with Luke Shaw, who has been out for a long period of time. Lee Grant will be the substitute goalkeeper, although he should not be needed.

Jesse Lingard should be on the bench to offer experience, however, he’s not exactly offered much this season and is facing an uphill battle to offer anything this season. James Garner could offer something later on in the game, if needed. Tahith Chong scored twice (one deflected) and assisted another for the U23s this week, so should get a chance. Marcus Rashford could be rested completely, unless something is needed.

Preview: Back to winning ways for United? Something to silence the #OleOut crowd whose support is flawed because of impatience!

Manchester United -v- Partizan Belgrade

UEFA Europa League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Thursday 7 November 2019, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Mattias Gestranius  Assistants: Jan-Peter Aravirta; Mikko Alakare Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen

Manchester United will be back in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening as they welcome Partizan Belgrade to Old Trafford. A fortnight ago, United beat Partizan in Belgrade 1-0 with Anthony Martial scoring a penalty in the 43rd minute of the match. It was United third game in the group and their second victory, drawing with AZ Alkmaar weeks before.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed the form of his team after the last international break, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Old Trafford, then beating Partizan (1-0), Norwich City (3-1) and Chelsea (2-1) before falling to a lack lustre 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth at the weekend. Solskjaer will need to get his team back to winning ways, which could also see United reach the round of 32 stage of the tournament.

It would be fair to say that United has not had a great amount of luck this season, added to injuries, which saw Martial out for eight weeks and other important players facing time on the sidelines. Selling Romelu Lukaku may not be seen as a mistake, as supporters had stated that they wanted to see the back of him, however, not replacing him in the summer transfer window will be seen as a mistake.

Form: Believe it or not, United are the in form team ahead of Thursday’s clash at the Theatre of Dreams with three wins, two defeats and one draw in their last six matches.

Manchester United: LWWWDL

Bournemouth 1-0 L, Chelsea 2-1 W, Norwich City 3-1 W, Partizan Belgrade 1-0 W, Liverpool 1-1 D, Newcastle United 1-0 L

Partizan Belgrade: WLWLLW

Vojvodina 4-0 W, Čukarički 2-1 L, Spartak Subotica 4-0 W, Manchester United 1-0 L, Mladost Lučani 1-0 L, Vodojaža 6-0 W

Top Scorers: Marcus Rashford and Umar Sadiq have seven goals each this season going into Thursday’s clash at the Theatre of Dreams in the UEFA Europa League.

Manchester United: Marcus Rashford out to increase his goal tally against Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford or will he be rested, giving other players the chance to fire themselves onto the scoresheet?

Goals: 7 – Marcus Rashford, 4 – Anthony Martial, 3 – Daniel James, 2 – Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay

United need to return to winning ways on Thursday night at Old Trafford after losing to Bournemouth on Saturday in what was a lack lustre defeat and something to be ashamed of. Previous to that, Solskjaer’s side had draw 1-1 at home against Liverpool then beaten Partizan Belgrade, Norwich City and Chelsea away from home.

Partizan Belgrade: Umar Sadiq has scored seven goals for Partizan Belgrade this season. Can he and his team step up against United at the Theatre of Dreams?

Goals: 7 – Umar Sadiq, 5 – Seydouba Soumah, 4 – Bibras Natcho, 3 – Lazar Marković, Filip Stevanović, Zoran Tošić, 2 – Đorđe Ivanović, 1 – Rajko Brežančić, Strahinja Pavlović, Saša Zdjelar

Partizan Belgrade started their pre-season on June, commencing the season proper in late July in the Europa League. The Serbian side sits fourth in the Super Liga, ten points from the summit, currently held by rivals Red Star Belgrade. Over the past six matches, Partizan has won 6-0 once, 4-0 twice, losing 1-0 twice also losing 2-1 once.

Team News: Injuries still causing issues for United but there are many fringe players that could be called upon in this match with United seeking to qualify for the latter stages of the Europa League.

Solskjaer still has many players on the sidelines that will not be involved in this match. The long-term absences of Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah will continue with their recovery. In addition to this, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic, Angel Gomes and Paul Pogba are all still out of action. Ashley Young is available for this match but not for the Brighton match due to suspension.

It would seem likely that Young will be involved in this match instead with either Brandon Williams (left-back) or Aaron Wan-Bissaka (right-back) missing this game in favour to start on Sunday. Phil Jones could get a start in the Europa League, as he did in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, which could also see Marcos Rojo called into the squad to face the Serbian side.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer to rest some key players ahead of the clash with Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon?

With United needing to get back to winning ways, the clash with Partizan could see a number of players rested with a view of Sunday’s class with Brighton with United needing a victory to rise again in the Premier League table. I expect Anthony Martial to start and it could see Marcus Rashford rested, which is something he could do with at this time, perhaps coming on late in the game, if needed.

Match Prediction: United seeking to qualify for the round of 32 stage of the Europa League with victory over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford. With two wins in three matches, they seem to be the favourites.

United and Partizan Belgrade have played three times in the history of both clubs. United has won twice, losing the other match. The first match came in 1966 in the European Cup, a match played at the Partizan Stadium with ended up being a 2-0 defeat to United, despite the likes of Harry Gregg, Bill Foulkes, Paddy Crerand, Nobby Styles, George Best, and Denis Law all playing.

Just a week later, United won 1-0 at Old Trafford with Styles scoring the goal but it saw United eliminated from the competition just eight years after the Munich Air Disaster. United would be European champions two years later though, a decade after the tragedy. A fortnight ago, United beat Partizan 1-0 in Belgrade with Anthony Martial scoring a penalty.

Manchester United 2-0 Partizan Belgrade

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