Manchester United came from behind to beat LASK at Old Trafford last Wednesday but triumphed 7-1 on aggregate over the two legs, while FC Copenhagen pulled off an impressive 3-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir on the same evening to come out 3-1 aggregate winners.
🏁 Match Context
United went unbeaten through all nine of their Premier League fixtures after returning from their three-month break, with their only defeat since the restart coming against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals. United’s players were looking tired in their final few fixtures after a hectic schedule, but they’ve had a good rest and most first-team stars were left out of Wednesday’s dead rubber last-16 second-leg tie against LASK.
Copenhagen, meanwhile, overcame a first-leg deficit to beat newly-crowned Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir in the round of 16, courtesy of a 3-0 victory back in Denmark. Their Superliga campaign only finished around a week before that, so they should also be nice and fresh, having finished as runners-up in the league to FC Midtjylland.
🧩 Man United vs FC Copenhagen key details
- 🗓 10 August 2020
- 🏟 RheinEnergieStadion
- ⌚️ 22:00 kickoff (EAT)
🧮 Team news
🔴 Man United
Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw are out for the rest of the season, while Phil Jones remains sidelined.
None of Manchester United's fringe players did enough against LASK on Wednesday to force their way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's immediate plans, so there will be a lot of change.
Likely starting XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Williams; Matić, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
⚪ FC Copenhagen
After breezing past Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 on Wednesday, FC Copenhagen are not expected to make wholesale changes here, but defender Guillermo Varela will be itching to face former club.
Michael Santos is available again after serving a one-match ban.
Likely starting XI: Johnsson; Varela, Nelsson, Bjelland, Boilessen; Zeca, Mudrazija; Biel, Wind, Falk; Santos
🔑 Key betting facts
- Manchester United are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 matches in the Europa League.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in six of the Red Devil's last seven games in the competition.
- Solskjaer's men have scored at least two goals in their last three Europa League matches.
- Copenhagen have recorded just one win in their last 10 games against English opponents.
- Jonas Wind scored a brace in Copenhagen’s impressive 3-0 victory over Basaksehir, and the Danish under-21 international will be full of confidence here.