Partizan vs Manchester United result predicted by pundits
Manchester United return to Europa League action on Thursday night as they travel to face Partizan.
United face Serbian opposition this week as they look to build on their performance in their weekend draw against Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side put in a much-improved display against the Premier League leaders and almost came away with all three points.
Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, David de gea and Nemanja Matic will miss the trip to Serbia.
United have four points from their opening two Group L matches, which leaves them level with Thursday’s opponents who have the same return.
However, United haven’t won away from home since April and that run is something they will be desperate to end on Thursday.
So, how will United fare at the Partizan Stadium? Here’s a round-up of what the pundits are saying.
Charlie Nicholas – Sky Sports
“This is another difficult game for Manchester United. It was a Jose Mourinho-style performance against Liverpool. I can never remember Manchester United, even when I have seen them on the back foot and having poor times, seeing them knock 50-60 yards to get five or six seconds breathing space. United nearly won ugly.
“Anthony Martial is fit and I think he will start, while Marcus Rashford started, scored and played well against Liverpool. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to go to a back four, but their midfield cannot keep the ball. Scott McTominay and Fred are grafting but they cannot pass the ball. It is another awkward night for Manchester United, but 1-1 would be a decent result for them and that is saying something.”
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1
Michael Owen – BetVictor
Both sides have four points from their opening couple of group games and I feel it will be honours even in Belgrade.
“Partizan are unbeaten in their last 11 home ties in European competition (W8 D3) although they have only won four of their 16 group games in the Europa League. United are unbeaten in their last 13 Europa League games and have kept a clean sheet in nine of those ties.
“A point would not be the worst result for either side from a game which I believe will be short on goalscoring opportunities.”
Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish in a draw