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LASK receives a high visitors on Thursday evening in its own Raiffeisen Arena, as none other than the great Manchester United will be the opponent in the eighth finals of the Europa League. The English are of course the towering favorite in this diptych, but the Austrians hope to be able to live up to their status as a giant killer again.
Of the sixteen clubs that are still active in the Europa League, LASK is the odd man out. After all, the Austrians have never been able to hibernate in Europe before, so this diptych against Manchester United is the undisputed highlight in Die Laskler’s 111-year history.
However, LASK’s place in the eighth finals of the Europa League is well deserved, as the team is in the middle of a strong season. The elimination in last week’s Austrian cup tournament against Red Bull Salzburg (1-0 defeat) was a bitter pill, but that match is the team of Valerien Ismaël in top form. The team is in the lead in the Austrian Bundesliga and is doing great in Europe too. The small Raiffeisen Arena is an impregnable fortress this season, because LASK has so far won all of its European home games. Sporting CP (3-0), PSV (4-1) and AZ (2-0), among others, visited the black and white for the ax, so Manchester United has been warned. However, the Austrians are unlucky that the Thursday evening game will be played behind closed doors due to the corona virus. In addition, because of suspensions, Ismaël is unable to dispose of his central defense duo Philipp Wiesinger and Petar Filipovic.
This season counts only one thing for Manchester United: enforce the Champions League qualification and then rejoin the European top. With a provisional fifth place in the Premier League, The Red Devils are likely to miss the boat, but the team of coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is starting to turn better in recent weeks. With seven wins and three draws in the last ten games in all competitions, Manchester United is working on a great series, with the 2-0 victory over arch-rival Manchester City last Sunday as the icing on the cake.
The confidence is therefore back on Old Trafford. The good shape of Manchester United is largely due to the contribution of winter purchase Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese playmaker provides the creativity that this team longed for, and was again the celebrated man in the city derby against Manchester City. In addition, Fernandes knows what he can expect against LASK, because before the winter break he also ran into the Austrians. With an assist and a goal, he personally helped his then employer Sporting CP with a 2-1 victory.