Match corresponding to the 5th round of the Europa League group stage in group L, in which they will meet at Astana Arena, Astana and Manchester United. For Thursday in Astana a cold day is expected with temperatures close to -9 ° C and without precipitation but with some wind.
Astana has not been able to score any points in the group stage of the Europa League and is mathematically without options to pass the round. He was already starting as the weakest team in the group and has confirmed it by having scored only 1 goal by 14 against.
In the Premier League of Kazakhstan champions have been proclaimed recently, so the season is over for them. The only reason they have left to try to get something out of this match is the economic one, UEFA pays each club based on the points obtained and that could motivate the Kazakh team.
Manchester United :
Manchester United is one of the few teams that know they will be in the next round of the Europa League. Of the 4 days played so far he has won 3 and tied 1, with 5 goals in favor and none against.
So leaving aside the economic injection of points in this phase, United will not play anything against Astana or AZ on the last day.
Solskjaer could give rest to some of the habitual ones since the calendar for the English set comes complicated, with Aston Villa the weekend and a double day the following week against Tottenham and Manchester City.
In the Premier, things look bad for red devils, and it is already said that Solskjaer could be dismissed if the results do not improve. They are in the middle of the table with 17 points, in an equidistant position of the relegation and Champions positions, but for a club like Manchester it is too poor.
Soskjaer has summoned Max Taylor, the 19-year-old boy who underwent treatment to cure a cancer and already recovered will be his first call with the first team.