Manchester United once again had the majority of the ball last week in Anderlecht, but once again they failed to make their dominance count and ended up conceding an equaliser and ending the game with a 1-1 draw. They are still overwhelming favourites for the tie, but it’s not the best result for them, considering how much of the ball they had.
Things went a lot better for them at the weekend though, as they hosted Premier League leaders Chelsea, as they continue their battle for a top four finish. They put in one of their best performances of the season on Sunday and came away with a deserved 2-0 victory to both boost their chances of Champions League football and blow the title race wide open.
This extends The Red Devils’ unbeaten streak to seven games in all competitions, and at home they are now unbeaten in 26 outings. They have failed to win nine of these games though, so a victory on Thursday is by no means a foregone conclusion.
Anderlecht followed their midweek draw with a tight 1-0 win away to KV Oostende, to put them six points clear of Gent at the top of the Belgian First Division table. They will be placing a huge amount of emphasis on this Europa League tie though.
Away from home Anderlecht have now won three games on the bounce, but prior to that they had lost back to back away games against Zenit and Mechelen. It won’t help that Jose Mourinho is taking this competition so seriously either, knowing it’s his only chance of silverware this season and Manchester United’s best chance of making it into the Champions League next term.