Europa League: Charlie Nicholas previews the matches involving Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves

Charlie Nicholas previews the latest round of Europa League games involving Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves
Charlie Nicholas previews the latest round of Europa League games involving Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves

Charlie Nicholas is looking ahead to the Europa League fixtures involving Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves and gives us his predictions.


Partizan 1-1 Manchester United

This is another difficult game for Manchester United.

It was a Jose Mourinho-style performance against Liverpool. I can never remember Manchester United, even when I have seen them on the back foot and having poor times, seeing them knock 50-60 yards to get five or six seconds breathing space. United nearly won ugly.

Anthony Martial is fit and I think he will start, while Marcus Rashford started, scored and played well. They played a scratch back five which nearly became a back seven against Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want to go to a back four. Martial is back there and is an out ball. Their midfield cannot keep the ball. Scott McTominay and Fred are grafting but they cannot pass the ball.

It is another awkward night for Manchester United, but this will be a decent result for them and that is saying something.


Arsenal 3-1 Vitoria SC

It should be another night where Arsenal can make some changes. Opportunities will be plentiful.

We need to see whether Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will be back. I would hope that Emile Smith-Rowe could come in, as well as Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson. Will he throw Mesut Ozil into this situation?

I think Unai Emery knows Ozil is not training hard enough, so that is why he is not putting him in the team. He is still there so I would play him.

Alexandre Lacazette could make a return on Thursday and you could play Bukayo Saka down the middle and rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

If Rob Holding is fit, he should come in and play. It will be six or seven changes but I expect Arsenal to get the job done.


Slovan Bratislava 1-1 Wolves

It is a difficult one to call.

I watched Wolves at the weekend and they were pretty ordinary. This is 18 games and there is another one on Thursday, Nuno Espirito Santo is saying.

This is what the clubs have to do if they want to get into Europe. He does not like changing the team very often and does not have the biggest group.

Wolves can go a long way and they will fancy their chances. They might have beat Man City but they struggle with the lesser teams.

It will be interesting to see how this one shapes up.


Odds correct at 1730 BST (21/10/19)

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