Zorya vs Manchester United
Competition: Europa league
Date: 08 December 2016
Manchester United will not know exactly where they qualify if they manage to beat Zorya in this match, but they know that to give themselves the best possible chance, they cannot afford to lose.
There are many permutations in Group A for United. They currently sit in second on the log between Fenerbahce above them and Feyenoord below them with 9 points. If they beat Zorya, then they move onto 12 points and take the top of the group, but that is before Fenerbahce and Feyenoord play. If united win and Fenerbahce win, then united qualify second, but if United win as well as Feyenoord then they will be top of the group and through as the leaders. However, if United lose, and Feyenoord win, then United are totally out of the qualifying stages.
Zorya should not pose the men from Manchester too many problems as they are currently bottom of the log with only two points through two draws. They do not have much to play for, except perhaps pride at their home ground, but they may well be a little overawed when they face Manchester United. In a group where it has been fairly square in terms of outlandish results, Zorya have kept it quite credible in their losses, as well as their deserved draws.
Zorya vs Manchester United: Previous encounter
When United and Zorya met at Old Trafford it was at a time when the men from England were under incredible pressure to perform and were picking up some pretty rotten results. They managed to win in this match 1-0, but was not a great result for a team of United’s quality as Zlatan scored the match winner in the second half.
Zorya vs Manchester United: Prediction
United will win this one, they have been getting better domestically, although they have gone through a spate of draws, but even in Europe, their performances have been better and they have been scoring more goals as their big name players have come to the party. Jose is in desperate need of a win, and he will use this game to make a statement.
Zorya vs Manchester United: Tips
Zlatan is looking back to his goals scoring best and a bet on him as an anytime scorer would be a good one, but there will probably be a few goals in this so look to bet on Mata as well as the hardworking Henrikh Mkhitaryan.