The next match can’t come fast enough for Manchester United and their fans. The only reaction you can truly have to that 7-0 drubbing by Liverpool on Sunday is the famous Krusty the Klown GIF, where he astonishingly exclaims “what the hell was that.”
That was in response to The Simpsons character watching the cartoon within a cartoon “Worker & Parasite,” also known as “Eastern Europe’s favorite cat and mouse team.” That was way more fun to watch than Sunday’s “match.”
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Kick: Thurs, March 9, 8pm, Old Trafford
Competition: UEFA Europa League Round of 16, Leg 1/2
United Starting XI Prediction: go here
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Fun Fact: this is the first ever meeting between the two sides
Stat Pack: United are undefeated (W4D4) in the first leg of their last eight European knockout round ties
Man United Team News
Casemiro is one of the major reasons why United got their asses handed to them so badly this past weekend. The midfield maestro had previously been a revelation, and key to the club’s overall turnaround.
The usually stellar Brazilian was very much off his game, and that was because he wasn’t fully fit. Casemiro is an injury doubt here, according to ESPN (h/t Manchester Evening News).
Victor Lindelof meanwhile, missed out on the rout (good for him) due to an unspecified knock. Finally, manager Erik ten Hag won’t provide a public time table on the return of Anthony Martial.
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