Manchester United is in Kazakhstan for the first time in our history, as we play FC Astana in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.
The Reds have won three of our four Group L games so far, drawing the other, and our berth in the knockout stages of the competition has already been secured.
Fact You Need To Know! Man Utd’s 1-0 win against FC Astana on MD1 was the first-ever meeting between an English side and a Kazakh side in all European competition.
Astana vs Manchester United
Date: Thursday 28th November 2019
Kick-Off: 4:50 PM (WAT)
Venue: Astana Arena
Referee: Donatas Rumsas
Assistants: Aleksandr Radius & Dovydas Suziedelis
Fourth Official: Donatas Simenas
Top spot, however, is still up for grabs, and with AZ Alkmaar just two points behind in second place, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want our visit to the recently-renamed Kazakhstan capital of Nur-Sultan to be a fruitful one.
Astana Team News
Astana is out of the Europa League and it remains to be seen how they will line up on Thursday.
Firmin Mubele is injured for the home side and won’t feature here. Evgeny Postnikov and Yuriy Pertsukh will miss Astana’s last group game if they are booked on Thursday.
Manchester United Team News
Manchester United make the long trip to Kazakhstan on Thursday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named a remarkably young squad for the trip with qualification already secure.
There are 14 teenagers in the 18-man squad. Among the traveling party is 19-year-old Max Taylor, 12 months after having chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer.
Luke Shaw will make his long-awaited return from injury and will be one of the most senior outfielders on the pitch, along with 26-year-old Jesse Lingard.
Prediction: Manchester United Win or Draw