After losing to Fenerbahce in their last Europa League outing, Manchester United sit third in Group A, teetering on the brink of elimination.
Before the tournament began this season, José Mourinho admitted that he and his team would rather not be in Europe’s secondary competition; the Champions League is where they want to be.
But with the club’s form of the last three years, the Europa League is no more than they deserve. And, currently residing in sixth place in the Premier League, the Red Devils’ best route back into the Champions League could well be via winning the competition that they are less than thrilled about being in.
However, just progressing to the knockout stage could be an uphill struggle from here, as United likely need to win both of their remaining games in order to leapfrog tonight’s opponents, Feyenoord.
The Rotterdam side are top of the Eredivisie and beat Mourinho’s men 1-0 in the group opener in September, so a home win at Old Trafford tonight is far from assured.
But if United field a strong side, they should fully expect to have too much quality for their Dutch visitors.
Mourinho has already confirmed that outcast Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play some part, providing the Armenian attacking midfielder with the chance to stake a claim for regular matchday involvement.
HOW TO WATCH
When: 20:05 UK time, 15:05 Eastern, 12:05 Pacific
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Television: BT Sport 2 in the UK; if you’re in the USA, you can catch it on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN Deportes; for the rest of the world, LiveSoccerTV has you covered
Streaming: The BT Sport app in the UK; Fox Sports Go in the States
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