Europa league resumes tomorrow and Manchester united will hope to seal a place in the quarter final when they play the 2nd leg match against LASK. The first leg in Linz was a landslide victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose side will be the first English club to play in the Europa league since after the lockdown.
Manchester united approach the game in confidence of their 5-0 win over LASK on 12th March, 2020. Odion Ighalo scored the first goal in 28 minutes and followed by Dan James and Juan Mata, substitutes Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira also got on score sheet.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated in a report on their official website that there is likely to be plenty of changes to the Manchester United starting eleven on Wednesday evening against LASK.
“Jesse Lingard will be starting tomorrow, but the team won’t be too different to the last time we played LASK away in March,” said the Coach.
“We know that it will be a difficult game. It wasn’t a 5-0 game in the first leg. We scored three goals in the last five, so of course we know that we have to perform. There’s opportunities for players who do well in this game to play in the quarters if we get through.”
The manager mentioned that Phil Jones who is in recovery will not feature.
“Phil has been training here, he’s not been not match-fit, but he’s been getting closer, so maybe he can join in in Germany. We’ll see how he progresses over the next few days,” Ole stated.
He added that “Axel started to get niggles early on when we restarted, and he had an operation in his foot, so he’ll be back early September-ish. The same with Luke. He sustained an injury against Southampton and he’ll be ready again early September, so they both should be ready for when the league starts.”
New Europa League rules
Manchester United will become the first English team to play under football’s new rules as they resume their Europa league campaign tomorrow night against LASK.
UEFA recently publicized that the amended rules of the game for this season’s Champions League.
Quarter and Semi finals will take places as single-leg ties i.e. it becomes a one leg game. This explains the plausibility of the final to be staged at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Friday, 21st August 2020.
The last leg of the round of 16 will be played at the clubs’ home ground while teams that qualify for the Quarter and Semi-final stages will play their matches at the Stadia in Lisbon, Portugal.
Other amendments include the adoption of the new ‘T-shirt’ law, for handball offences, which stipulates that the shoulder is not part of the arm.
Goals scored or created through accidental handball have not counted this season after IFAB made a rule change last summer.
Previously, IFAB stated that a handball will be awarded if a player makes his body an ‘unnatural silhouette’, i.e. making his body bigger with his arm. It is also an offence if the arm is above shoulder height.
But the latest modification implies that Man Utd will play under a different setting of the rule in comparison to the first leg against LASK, which they won 5-0.
Europe’s governing body could have stuck with last season’s laws, even though the new rulebook came into effect from June 1.
The match holds at 8pm (WAT) tomorrow.