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At the start of the season, Jose Mourinho made it clear that he was not exactly going to take the Europa League seriously. The new Manchester United manager was much more concerned with winning domestic honours and getting the club back into the Champions League than Europe’s secondary competition.
There was talk about an almost entirely different squad being used in Europe compared to his Premier League team but it’s not quite panned out that way. United’s first Europa League match was a defeat away to Feyenoord. That loss was sandwiched between two league defeats prompting something of a change in tact by Mourinho.
Players like Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford were blurring the lines between the first team and squad players for different reasons and Mourinho realised that the Europa League was an opportunity for his team to get used to winning. Therefore, he made only limited changes to his team for the home game against Zorya.
We could well see another strong Man Utd starting XI on Thursday night when they play Fenerbahce. The game comes only three days after United’s big match at Anfield but Fenerbahce are no mugs and will take certainly take some beating at Old Trafford.
Man Utd 8/15 (Ladbrokes)
Draw 16/5 (Betfred)
Fenerbahce 5/1 (Paddy Power)
The bookies all have Man Utd as the favourites for Thursday’s game. Not only that but the home side are odds on across the board with the 8/15 that Ladbrokes are offering the best price you’ll find. There is no doubt that United are fair favourites but previous matches against Fenerbahce show that this is no gimme.
United and Fenerbahce have shared two wins apiece from their four previous matches, with each team winning both at home and away. Those matches all came in the group stage of the Champions League. The competition may be different this time around but the situation is very similar. Both teams are well in contention for qualification to the knockout stages and both will be pushing for the win at Old Trafford.
With players like Jeremain Lens, Emmanuel Emenike and the returning Robin van Persie who all have Premier League experience, Fenerbahce are not likely to be overawed by the occasion. The away team will cause Man Utd multiple problems in the match but in the final reckoning, it’s United who look the most likely winners.
Man Utd 1-0 @ 6/1 (Sky Bet)
Draw 1-1 @ 15/2 (William Hill)
Man Utd 2-0 @ 13/2 (Ladbrokes)
Man Utd 2-1 @ 15/2 (William Hill)
Man Utd 3-0 @ 11/1 (Paddy Power)
Draw 0-0 @ 12/1 (Sky Bet)
Given that Man Utd are such strong favourites to win it’s no surprise that the majority of the shortest priced selections in the Correct Score market are home wins. We agree that United should win the match in front of their own fans but only if they go out and earn it.
As we’ve seen, Fenerbahce manager Dick Advocaat has a number of talented and experienced attacking players to call upon. There is no doubt that there will be some heavy legs in the home ranks and the Turkish side have more than enough to grab themselves a goal. That makes the odds of 15/2 that William Hill are offering on the 2-1 correct score look well worth taking.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 7/2 (Betfair)
Marcus Rashford 4/1 (Betfair)
Wayne Rooney 4/1 (Betfair)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 11/2 (Betfair)
Anthony Martial 6/1 (Betfair)
Jesse Lingard 6/1 (Betfair)
Juan Mata 13/2 (Betfair)
Paul Pogba 13/2 (Betfair)
It will be very interesting to see what sort of team Mourinho picks on Thursday night. On the one hand, Man Utd need points in Group A but on the other, the Fenerbahce game comes in between two huge domestic fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea. Mourinho has to balance the desire to put his strongest 11 players on the pitch with the need to keep his players fresh and fit.
That could just open the door for Wayne Rooney. Rooney may be the Manchester United and England captain but that is still not enough to guarantee him a start for club or country. Rooney’s going to have to fight to get his place back in the United team and could well take a step forward in that regard on Thursday.
Rooney made his debut for the Red Devils against Fenerbahce and wasted no time in announcing himself as a star. The then 18-year-old became the youngest ever player to score a Champions League hat-trick and he must fancy his chances of scoring against Fenerbahce once more. Rooney should return to the starting team on Thursday and looks a good bet to open the scoring at 4/1.
2-1 Man Utd correct score at 15/2 with William Hill
Wayne Rooney to score first at 4/1 with Betfair