Manchester United have made a long trip to the Kazakh capital for Thursday’s Europa League encounter with FC Astana — a match that no one wants to watch played at a time no one will be able to watch it. The six hour time difference between Manchester and Astana means the game will be played at three o’clock in the afternoon British time, when most United fans will be toiling away at work.
The good news is that United have already guaranteed their place in the Europa League knockouts with two games to spare. A win away at Astana — who have so far lost every one of their matches — would secure top spot ahead of the encounter with AZ in a fortnight’s time. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has named a remarkably young travelling squad, with Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Lee Grant likely to be the only senior players in the starting lineup.
Europa League schedule
It’s an extremely unorthodox 15:50 kickoff in the UK, which translates to 10:50 on the east coast of the U.S. and 07:50 on the west. Wakey wakey!
Europa League channel
BT Sport 2 in the UK. There aren’t any English language TV options in the States, but for a Spanish commentary tune into TUDN USA. Everyone else head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
Europa League streaming
BT Sport’s live streaming service in the UK. Those Stateside have English and Spanish language options on B/R Live and TUDN En Vivo respectively. If you’re in Canada, you can stream the game through DAZN.
Prediction: Lee Grant; Ethan Laird, Axel Tuanzebe, Di’Shon Bernard, Luke Shaw; Dylan Levitt, James Garner; Jesse Lingard, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong; Mason Greenwood.
Update: Nailed it.
This will also be our live thread for the game, so join us in the comments below.
Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.