ASN vs MUN Dream11: Manchester United hit the road for a 6,000-mile round trip to face FC Astana in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan, for UEFA Europa League game match at Astana Arena. The Red Devils currently sit at the top of the group, having accumulated 10 points from four games and secured qualification to last-32 with two games to spare, following a 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the last game.
Astana, meanwhile, are propping up the table and remain pointless after losing all four games by a combined margin of 1-14. The only positive for the home side ahead of the game is that Manchester United are expected to field a young squad in this game, giving the home side a perfect chance to get a win under their belt.
Astana: 0-2 defeat against the Irtysh in the Kazakhastan Premier League, which was their last league game of the season. They clinched their fourth straight league title this season. While their last game in Europe doesn’t make for good reading as they were given a 0-5 hiding by Dutch giants AZ Alkmaar.
Manchester United: The Red Devils picked up a point from their trip to Bramall Lane at the weekend. In the end, it was a point gain for Ole’s team considering Sheffield United were 0-2 up in the game.
Visitors: Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Europa League group stage
Match Venue: Astana Arena
Match Timing: Thursday 28, @09:20 PM
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Astana team news: Forward Firmin Mubele remains out of this game due to a knee injury suffered in September. Other than him, the hosts have a clean bill of health.
Manchester United team news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lengthy injury list to contend with these days and that is the reason why he selected young academy players for the long trip to Astana where the temperature is hovering around minus 20 degrees.
Amongst the players missing out due to injury are Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.
Centre-back Marcos Rojo was added to United’s injury list before the Premier League encounter against Sheffield United, due to a muscle injury sustained in the training ground. Nemanja Matic also remains out due to an injury.
How Manchester United may line-up in this game:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed academy players Dylan Levitt, Di’Shon Bernard and Ethan Laird will start the game. Luke Shaw returned to the squad following an injury and will be looking to get minutes here as he aims to regain full fitness.
Jesse Lingard is the most experienced player in the squad and will likely lead the team here, while Axel Tuanzebe and Mason Greenwood are players with the first-team experience under their belt. The duo is expected to start the match.
Here is United squad to face Astana:
Lee Grant, Matej Kovar, Max Taylor, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe, Dylan Levitt, Teden Mengi, Jesse Lingard, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, DiShon Bernard, Largie Ramazani, Ethan Laird, Ethan Galbraith, Arnau Puigmal, D’Mani Bughail-Mellor, James Garner
Astana: Eric; Rukavina, Postnikov, Logvinenko, Shomko; Beisebekov, Pertsukh, Mayewski, Rotariu; Tomasov, Khizhnichenko
Manchester United: Grant; Laird, Tuanzebe, Bernard, Shaw; Garner, Levitt; Chong, Lingard, Gomes; Greenwood
Goalkeeper: N Eric
Defenders: D Shomko, L Shaw, A Rukavina, D Bernard
Midfielders: R Murtazaev, J Lingard (VC), D Levitt, Rotariu
Forwards: Khizhnichenko, Greenwood (C)
With United already through to the knockout rounds, and now set to play the next game with a host of academy players, Astana should smell an opportunity to get a historic result in this game.