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Man Utd v Partizan: Injury updates, prediction & possible XI

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/11/2019

Manchester United will be hoping to return to winning ways when they lock horns with Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently top of Group L, having collected seven points from three games, following their 1-0 win against Partizan Belgrade in the reverse fixture last month.

Team News

Manchester United have been handed a fresh injury blow as Victor Lindelof will miss the Europa League clash. The Swede joins Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Angel Gomes on the sidelines, along with long-term absentees Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Solskjaer is expected to stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation on Thursday, having fielded a three-man backline in the reverse fixture last month. Sergio Romero ought to deputise for David de Gea in the Manchester United goal, while Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are expected to pair up at the heart of the defence, affording Harry Maguire some rest.

Former Liverpool star Lazar Markovic is the only major absentee for Partizan Belgrade ahead of their trip to Old Trafford this week. The team that Savo Milosevic will set out on Thursday is likely to bear a strong resemblance to the side that ran United so close in the reverse fixture in Belgrade last month.

Head Head 

Despite having only been played three times, this fixture is one steeped in the illustrious history of both clubs.

The first two meetings between the two took place in the semi-finals of the 1966 European Cup, where Partizan edged the two-legged affair 2-1 on aggregate, after winning their home leg 2-0.

Their next meeting was over 50 years later when ​Anthony Martial's penalty was all that could separate the sides two weeks ago.

Recent Form

Despite their relatively glorious histories, both sides have thoroughly underwhelmed domestically this season Manchester United's fall from grace since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson has been well-publicized, and they are currently languishing in 10th place in the ​Premier League after a series of poor displays.

Partizan have also been disappointing in the Serbian Superliga and currently sit 4th place, ten points off of leaders and local rivals Red Star.

Predicted Lineups Manchester United: Romero; Wan-Bissaka, Rojo, Jones, Williams; Garner, McTominay; James, Lingard, Martial; Greenwood

Predicted Lineups  Partizan Belgrade: Stojković; Urošević, Pavlović, Ostojić, Miletić; Tošić, Natcho, Zdjelar, Soumah; Asano, Sadiq

Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 Partizan Belgrade.
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