Feyenoord’s superb start to the season has slowed considerably in recent weeks. They have only managed two wins in their last six matches and slipped to their first league defeat of the season to strugglers Go Ahead Eagles before the international break.
Manchester United produced their best performance under Jose Mourinho against Arsenal and were unlucky not to have come away with all the points.
They are currently third in their Europa League group with two games remaining and one point behind Fenerbahce and Thursday’s opponents Feyenoord.
Feyenoord pulled off a shock 1-0 win in the reverse fixture back in September, but United are in a better place this time around. They have been unlucky in recent matches but need to start taking all the chances they are creating. Naijabet.com
United have a shocking record in this competition, having only won four of their 12 previous matches. Three of those have come on home soil and, with a win needed, should come away with all the points here.
Manchester United – Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling are still sidelined for Manchester United as they gear up for their must win Europa League match against Feyenoord. Jose Mourinho is expected to name a strong team in search of three points.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed their 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend and is well rested having not played in nearly three weeks. He is expected to start with Wayne Rooney occupying the role just behind.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been promised game time by Mourinho on Thursday.
Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini were not part of the squad that drew against Arsenal last time out and remain doubts here, while Bastian Schweinsteiger was not included in the Europa League squad.
Feyenoord – Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been boosted ahead of the trip to Old Trafford by the return of Brad Jones and Karim El Ahmadi from their respective injuries.
Eric Botteghin is suspended after being sent off against Zorya in their last Europa League match. With this in mind, Terence Kongolo could be brought inside to partner Jan-Arie van der Heijden at centre-back, withLucas Woudenberg or Miquel Nelom deputising at left-back.
Kenneth Vermeer and Sven van Beek are still sidelined for the away side.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Feyenoord’s last 4 games (UEFA Europa League).