Premier League giants Manchester United have the opportunity to secure a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League with two games to spare ahead of the home match with Serbian top flight club Partizan Belgrade.
Manchester United will book their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a win over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players would be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing league defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend.
Manchester United suffered their fourth defeat of the season in the Premier League following the 1-0 defeat to the Cherries away from home.
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Ex-Academy player Josh King scored the only goal of the game in the colours of Bournemouth.
The defeat left the Red Devils in 10th position on the Premier League table with 13 points from the first 11 games of the season.
The Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make some changes to his starting XI for the Partizan Belgrade game at Old Trafford.
Manchester United XI vs Partizan Belgrade: Sergio Romero; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Marcos Rojo, Brandon Williams; Scott McTominay, Fred, Andreas Pereira; Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt Skipper To Miss Arsenal Game
Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham will miss the Europa League title with Premier League giants Arsenal later this month after he was given a lengthy ban.
David Abraham has been suspended for seven weeks after his push on Freiburg manager Christian Streich during their German Bundesliga clash at the weekend.
The Eintracht Frankfurt Skipper shoved Freiburg manager Streich as he attempted to retrieve a ball for a throw-in with his team trailing hosts Freiburg 1-0 in added time.
The incident led to a massive brawl between the two sets of players and David Abraham was thereafter sent off.
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Apart from the seven-week ban given to him, the Eintracht Frankfurt captain was also fined to the tune of €25,000 (£21,410).
David Abraham will now miss the remaining German Bundesliga games this year as well as the last two group games in Group F of the Europa League.
David Abraham will miss the Europa League trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on November 28 in what’s a Matchday Five clash before sitting out the Matchday Six game at home to Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal.
Eintracht Frankfurt are in second place with six points and four points off leaders Arsenal ahead of their game.
What Unai Emery Said About Dani Ceballos After His Injury
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has allayed fears over the injury sustained by Spanish international Dani Ceballos during the Europa League game with Vitoria Guimares.
Dani Ceballos is on loan at Arsenal from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The young Spanish midfielder joined the Gunners on loan during the summer.
He sustained a hamstring injury during the Vitoria Guimares game and had to be substituted in the second half.
French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was his replacement as the Gunners settled for a 1-1 draw.
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In his post-match reaction after the game, Spanish tactician Unai Emery was asked about the injury to Dani Ceballos and he said that it was not a serious one.
Since his loan transfer to Arsenal, Dani Ceballos has scored one goal and also provided two assists in 15 appearances.
He scored his first goal for the Gunners during the 4-0 home win over Standard Liege FC of Belgium in the Europa League.
Dani Ceballos and Arsenal missed out on the chance to seal qualification for the knockout stage with the result.
A win would have secured a last 32 spot for the Gunners.
Oscar Duarte equalized for Vitoria Guimares in the final moments of the game to deny Arsenal the victory needed for qualification after Shkrodan Mustafi had given the visitors an 80th-minute lead.
Why This Arsenal Player Was Hammered For Poor Showing During Europa League Clash
Arsenal legend Martin Keown slammed one of the players for his performance during the Europa League meeting with Portuguese top-flight outfit Vitoria Guimares.
Both Arsenal and Vitoria Guimares met at the Emirates Stadium in a Matchday 3 clash on Thursday night and former Gunners defender Keown was highly critical of the performance produced by midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles during the game.
According to him, the Arsenal midfielder is wasting his talents and that his performance was very poor.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles started the Vitoria Guimares game and was then substituted at the halftime interval after a poor first half which saw the visitors take a 2-1 lead at the interval.
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Vitoria Guimares stunned the home team with an eighth-minute lead courtesy former Tottenham Hotspur player Marcus Edwards.
Arsenal levelled proceedings in the second quarter of the game through the in-form Gabriel Martinelli who has now scored five goals in six games since his transfer in the summer.
The Brazilian attacker joined Arsenal from Brazilian club Ituano for around six million pounds.
Arsenal trailed 2-1 until the final ten minutes of the game when substitute Nicholas Pepe scored two freekicks to turn the game around into a 3-2 victory for his team and also maintained the Gunners’ perfect start to the competition.
Europa League: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Vitoria Guimares
Europa League finalists Arsenal would be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Premier League newcomers Sheffield United in their league meeting on Monday when they face Vitoria Guimares FC of Portugal in a Europa League clash billed for the Emirates Stadium later on Thursday.
Sheffield United striker and summer signing Lys Moussett scored the only goal of the game to condemn Arsenal to their second defeat of the season.
All the two losses have come in the Premier League and the latest defeat to the Blades has heaped pressure on manager Unai Emery who’s in the last year of his contract, though the club can offer him an additional year as stipulated in the deal he signed upon becoming the Arsenal manager last summer.
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Unai Emery was the replacement for legendary manager Arsene Wenger who left the club at the end of the penultimate season.
The Gunners have a perfect record in the Europa League this season ahead of the Vitoria Guimares clash at the Emirates Stadium after two wins from two games.
Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney; Joe Willock, Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos; Emile Smith-Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli.
Europa League: Predicted Man Utd XI vs Partizan Belgrade
Premier League giants Manchester United are yet to win a game in over one month since their Europa League opener against Astana FC of Kazakhstan in September and they have the opportunity to make that right on their trip to Serbia to face Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been criticized for the poor run of six games without a victory in all competitions.
Manchester United have played four Premier League matches, one Europa League game and one Carabao Cup match without victory.
They have the opportunity to prevent that run from extending to seven games in their Europa League clash with hosts Partizan Belgrade.
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Manchester United are coming into the Partizan Belgrade game on the back of a very good performance against rivals Liverpool in the Premier League.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana prevented the Red Devils from putting an end to their winless run after his late equalizer.
He came on as a second-half substitute to find the back of the net in the closing stages of the game.
Predicted Manchester United XI (4-3-3): Sergio Romero; Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot; Fred, Juan Manuel Mata, Andreas Pereira; Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Daniel James.
Europa League: Key Man Utd Player Ruled Out Of Partizan Belgrade Clash
Manchester United will be without star player David De Gea for the Europa League meeting with Partizan Belgrade of Serbia after he was left out of the traveling squad because of injury.
The Red Devils goalkeeper missed the last training session before the team traveled to Belgrade as a result of injury.
David De Gea picked up a muscle injury during the international break while he was representing the Spanish national team.
He sustained the injury during a Euro 2020 qualifier with hosts Sweden last week high ended in a 1-1 draw.
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The Manchester United goalkeeper was a doubt ahead of the Premier League clash with Liverpool but he was able to feature for his team against the league leaders.
David De Gea played the entire duration of the game as the two teams shared the spoils via a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United could have won the game played in front of their home fans if not for the late goal scored by Liverpool substitute Adam Lallana.
The draw ensured that Liverpool acquired a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Apart from David De Gea, others like Paul Pogba, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic will also miss the Partizan Belgrade game.
Why This Fit-again Defender Won’t Feature For United In An Important Europa League Clash On Thursday
Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is reportedly back to fitness after picking a slight knock prior to Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at the Old Trafford Stadium.
The young centre-back is fast becoming one of the favorite players among the Red Devils Faithfuls following his string of fine performances but he was unable to prove his worth against Liverpool.
Despite being included in Solskjaer’s starting lineup for the game, the young England star played no part in the encounter as he was replaced by Marcos Rojo due to injury.
The good news is that he’s back to full fitness but the United manager isn’t ready to rush him back into action.
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Hence, Tuanzebe is expected to miss Thursday’s Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade.
It is believed that Solskjaer wants him to be a hundred percent fit for their trip to Carrow Road where they will tackle Norwich City this weekend.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is equally set to miss the upcoming Europa League fixture due to his ankle injury which has kept him out of action for close to two months.
The French missed the highly-entertaining battle against the Merseyside club as he was seen with a walking stick, though reports claimed that he should be back at the team in two or three weeks’ time.
Manchester United Handed Injury Boost Ahead Of Europa League Clash
Premier League giants Manchester United have been handed a big injury boost ahead of their Europa League clash with Serbian side Partizan Belgrade.
Manchester United will travel to Belgrade for the Matchday Three clash billed for Thursday night.
The Red Devils have suffered several high profile injury problems this season, and a lot of their players were affected including Three Lions of England attacker Jesse Lingard.
The Manchester United Academy graduate suffered a hamstring problem just before the international break and he has been missing in action since then.
Jesse Lingard suffered the injury during the away game at Dutch top flight side AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League some three weeks ago.
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The Englishman has recovered from the hamstring injury in order to take his place in the Europa League squad for the Partizan Belgrade game tomorrow.
Lingard sustained the injury shortly after he came on as a second-half substitute during the AZ Alkmaar game.
He missed the Newcastle United game in the Premier League just before the recently concluded international break.
Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by the Magpies courtesy the second-half strike from Matty Longstaff on his Premier League debut.
Jesse Lingard also missed the weekend’s league game at home to leaders Liverpool which ended in a 1-1 draw.