Manchester United would be hoping to start their Europa Cup campaign on a winning note when they travel to the Netherlands to lock horns against Feyenoord. The Red Devils started their season on a high by winning their opening three games in the league but were defeated by Manchester City in the derby last weekend. More than the defeat, the way United were dominated will worry their boss Jose Mourinho who is looking to revive the fortunes of the English giants.
On the other hand, Feyenoord have started the season brilliantly and can cause an upset in front of the home supporters.
Jose Mourinho expressed his disappointment after the derby loss and hinted that he is ready to make changes in the team. He started Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard but both failed to impress and were substituted. Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford came on at half-time and put up a good show and the Portuguese tactician has said that Rashford will play the Europa League match.
“For me, the next big game is against Feyenoord,” said Mourinho. “He [Rashford] is going to play is the only thing I can say. I trust him completely and I know his future will be absolutely brilliant. He is mainly a no.9 and, if we want him to play in a different position, we need to work on him and improve him but his big personality is there.
“Normally, people look to the football talent but the personality at this level is very, very important and he was showing that last season, he was showing that immediately. He gave us in the second half what we needed but didn’t get from Micki or Jesse in the first half.
He also said that he is planning to rotate his squad and so the likes Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian can get a chance to play their first game for United this term.
Romero (GK), Tuanzebe, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Fosu-Mensah, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.
The Dutch outfit has kept a 100% record this season and has won its opening 5 games in the Eredivisie. Their last game was a 3-1 home win over ADO Den Haag on Sunday. With, Manchester United visiting them after a loss, they will fancy their chances of creating an upset.
Brad Jones (GK), Rick Karsdorp, Eric Fernando Botteghin, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Lucas Woudenberg, Dirk Kuyt, Karim El Ahmadi, Tonny Vilhena, Steven Berghuis, Nicolai Jorgensen, Jens Toornstra
Head to head:
Both teams have played twice before during the 97/98 Champions League. United came out on top on both the occasions as they won the 2 legs of the game. The last game between the two teams at Netherland ended 3-0 in favour of United.
- The Dutch club has lost the first home match in each of their previous three European campaigns.
- Out of their opening five games, Feyenoord have scored at least four goals in three matches.
Manchester United win – 10/11
Draw – 23/10
Feyenoord win – 16/5
Kick-off Time: 15th September, 18:00 BST (22:20 IST)
Feyenoord 1-2 Manchester United