Tonight the first matches in the quarter final of the Europa League will take place. Find below at what time the match between Anderlecht and Manchester United starts.
What Time is Anderlecht vs Manchester United starting?
The match between Anderlecht and Manchester United will be played tonight, 13th April 2017, at the Stade Constant Vanden Stock in Brussels, Belgium. The match will kick off at 8.05pm UK time and at 9.05pm CET. English viewers can watch the match live at BT Sport 2, where the broadcast starts at 7.30pm.
Europa League a priority for Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has already mentioned this before at several occasions: Manchester United is out there to win the Europa league. For the Portuguese coach winning the Europa League is set as a priority above a top 4 placing in the Premier League.
For Mourinho, being a prize fighter more than anything else, winning the Europa League isn’t only boosting his already sizable prize cabinet, but also grants his club Manchester United a spot in next years pinnacle of football, the Champions League.
Anderlecht certainly not a walk in the park
Belgian side Anderlecht is next in line to tackle Mourinho’s plans. So far in the Europa league Anderlecht has been pretty impressive. To reach the quarter finals, Anderlecht managed to overcome good opponents such as Mainz 05 from Germany and more recently Russian top side Zenit St. Petersburg.
Anderlecht is a rather young side filled with talented players although Youri Tielemans stands out as one of Belgium’s most promising players. The 19-year old midfielder is already a regular name in Anderlecht’s line up for some years now, but seems to have taken it to a next level in his young career. So far this season, Tielemans has netted 13 times in 29 official appearances for Anderlecht. Anderlecht will have a hard time to keep hold of their prodigy with many European top clubs lurking around.
In the previous round Anderlecht was very dominant versus Apoel from Cyprus, although the results of both matches, 0-1 and 1-0 in favor of the Belgians, don’t reflect this.
Manchester United without angry Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney involuntary did not travel with his team Manchester United to Belgium to face Anderlecht tonight. Reports state the veteran midfielder is not considered fit enough by the medical team to be part of the squad, leaving Rooney furious.
Sergio Romero is expected to defend the Manchester united goal tonight, although David de Gea did join the team to Anderlecht.