Anderlecht vs Man Utd preview

United’s next hurdle in the Europa League should not be underestimated

The biggest issue for Anderlecht is huge number of players who are just a yellow card away from a suspension for the return leg that is going to be played at Old Trafford next week.

Uroš Spajić, Youri Tielemans, Łukasz Teodorczyk, Leander Dendoncker, Sofiane Hanni, Bram Nuytinck, Frank Acheampong, Isaac Kiese Thelin and Emmanuel Sowah Adjei are all one booking away from suspension in the reverse leg and they will need to be as careful as possible in order to feature in what could possibly be the highlight of some of their careers.

The Belgians are on a five-match unbeaten run as they overcame APOEL to get to where they are.

24-year-old winger Andy Najar has been missed their last few matches due to a hamstring injury and he remains a doubt here.

Jose Mourinho said he expects Antonio Valencia to be available for selection after the Ecuadorian sat out United’s last two games. Valencia was one of seven first-team absentees at the Stadium of Light, alongside David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Juan Mata and captain Wayne Rooney. Despite De Gea’s problem not being of a serious nature, Sergio Romero will retain his place for the away trip to Belgium after keeping his ninth clean sheet of the season at the weekend.

Youri Tielemans will be at the center of attention tomorrow night as the young Belgian midfielder is scouted by pretty much every European giant including Manchester United.

For United, Juan Mata is out for the season after undergoing surgery, while Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young are all out for the game with injuries with Wayne Rooney remaining the only doubt.

Luke Shaw is expected to maintain his place in the starting eleven after impressive performances in the last two league games.

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About Filip Jakjimoski

Filip Jakjimoski is a soccer writer and an aspiring soccer coach from Skopje, Macedonia. As a lifelong Barclays Premier League fan he mostly covers the English top tier, giving news, match previews and tactical analysis. His pieces have been published in numerous local sport sites.