Man Utd v FC Midtjylland – Old Trafford at 20.05 live on BT Sport 2
Tonight the 2nd leg of this Europa League tie takes place, as Manchester United look to put the embarrassment of their 2-1 defeat against Midtjylland in the previous leg behind them. Despite taking the lead through Memphis Depay in Denmark, United were unable to hold out and lost after being the clear match favourites.
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United’s defeat came as somewhat a surprise to most, especially as the Danish Superliga is still on its winter break, so many expected Midtjylland to be off the pace. Midtjylland currently sit 3rd in the Superliga table, with the Danish League set to resume at the end of February.
Van Gaal’s side were further humiliated after the match, when several Midtjylland players stated that they were expecting more from a ‘Manchester United’ side. However, The Red Devils got back to winning ways on Monday evening, with a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. Despite this, United’s injury list now looks even more worrying than previously, as Will Keane and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson both picked up knocks, while Jesse Lingard finished the match hobbling.
On a more positive note, Manchester United have been by far a better home side than an away side so far this season, only losing 5 out of 25 home matches across all competitions, which also includes 15 victories. In addition, they’re playing a Midtjylland side who have lost their last 2 European away games without scoring, whilst conceding 6 goals in the process.
The Danish club’s main threat comes from the young attacking midfielder Pione Sisto, who scored just before half-time in the previous leg, levelling the score-line up to 1-1. For United, Martial has the pressure to find the net solely on his head, with Rooney out as a result of the knee ligament damage that he suffered against Sunderland in the Premier League a few weeks back.
United are under serious pressure to perform and most importantly get a result, which will enable them to progress to the next round of the competition. Their poor performance in Denmark has heaped even more pressure on Van Gaal and therefore I am expecting goals in this game, as United look to prove a point and hush critics. Don’t be surprised if Midtjylland find the net too however, as United’s defence has some serious injury problems. I therefore recommend backing over 2.75 goals @ 1.93 on the Asian Handicap betting market.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.75 goals @ 1.93 with Pinnacle Sports
Prices correct at time of writing.