Manchester ‚Äď Fenerbahce: Van Persie back at Old Trafford

Fenerbahce travel to Manchester looking to defend their first position of the group, while United hunt their first victory of the 2016/17 campaign.

Just three days after big derby against Liverpool, Manchester United host Fenerbache on the Europa League MD3.

Manchester United’s success has started to dwindle . They began the season in a brilliant way with three wins in a row, but have lost to Manchester City, Feyenoord, and Watford and drawn against Stoke, leaving them 7th in the Premier League and 3rd in their Europa League group.

Their bad results started as Zlatan Ibrahimovic stopped performing. Swedish superstar failed to score in the four league games in a row which is his worst run in league competition since January 2015.

 

On the other side, Fenerbahce have problems of their own. The Yellow Canaries have just two victories in the first seven rounds of the Super Lig and are currently sitting in the ninth place. The situation for them is slightly better in the Europa League where they sit at the top of the group A with a draw against Zorya and victory over Feyenoord.

This game will be special for Robin Van Persie. The Dutchman made 105 appearances for United between 2012 and 2015, scoring 58 times.

‚ÄúIt will be a special occasion and a special game for me,‚ÄĚ Van Persie¬†told MUTV.¬†‚ÄúI am now playing for Fenerbahce and I want to do well for my team but of course it will be special to play ‚Äėat home‚Äô¬†in a great stadium with great fans against a great team.‚ÄĚ

Match Facts

  • Both Manchester United and Fenerbahce hold two wins over each other in European competition, with the Turkish side winning 3-0 in the most recent contest in December 2004.
  • Rooney scored a hat-trick on his Manchester United debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League in September 2004. United ran out 6-2 winners on the night.
  • Manchester United have lost just twice in their previous seven home games against Turkish teams, though one of those was to Fenerbahce in 1996 (W4 D1).
  • Simon Kjaer scored the latest goal in the Europa League this season (95:05) in Fenerbahce‚Äôs last away game in this competition.
  • Just six of United‚Äôs 33 shots (including blocked ones) in the group stage so far have been on target.

Team News  mufc

Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger are still absent, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Antony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin are ready to play, but only Mkhitaryan is expected to be in the lineup.

Team News  fenerbahce

Jeremain Lens and Ozan Tufan have injury issues, but should be available.

Predicted Lineups

 

Manchester United: Romero; Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Carrick; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Depay; Rooney.

Fenerbahce: Demirel; Wiel, Kjaer, Skrtel, Kaldirim; Topal, Souza; Potuk, Van Persie, Sen; Emenike.

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Referee: Benoit Bastien

Sofascore.com

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