By Matthew Rose

Manchester United will be looking to inject some life into a lacklustre start to the season when they travel to Turkey on Thursday night to take on Fenerbahce in the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho’s side are currently eighth in the Premier League and could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to minnows Burnley last time out.

With domestic form proving to be a real issue, the Red Devils will be looking to the Europa League as an ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways and bring continental silverware back to Manchester.

United thumped the Turkish giants 4-1 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, with Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard grabbing the goals for the English side.

Mourinho will know though that the atmosphere at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium is among the most hostile in world football and his troops will have a real battle on their hands to come away from the game with three points.

Fenerbahce have been in good form domestically recently and won 5-0 at home to Kardemir Karabukspor on Saturday.

Robin Van Persie scored twice to add to his goal in the Old Trafford tie, while ex-Premier League stars Martin Skrtel and Jeremain Lens were also on the scoresheet.

That sort of firepower will fancy its chances against what is sure to be a makeshift United back four given recent injuries to key players.


Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling have all been ruled out of the clash, meaning the FA Cup winners will be without three of their first choice back four.

The hosts meanwhile will be without Gregory Van Der Wiel, Ozan Tufan and Uygar Mert Zeybek as they look to pour further misery on United’s dismal start to the campaign.

Fenerbahce Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1): Demirel; Ozbayrakli, Kjaer, Skrtel, Kaldirim; Topal, Souza; Lens, Chahechouhe, Sen; Van Persie

Manchester United Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Darmian, Blind, Rojo, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Martial; Ibrahimovic

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