It's been an effective yet unspectacular Europa League campaign from Manchester United, and Kevin Hatchard expects a similar performance at Old Trafford.

Football Bet of the Day : Manchester United v Partizan

UEL providing shelter in the storm for Solskjaer

Every time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks he's on the right track as Manchester United manager, a game pushes him off course. Sunday's dismal display at Bournemouth (United lost 1-0 and only created 1.04 Expected Goals according to the Infogol figures) means they are ten points off the top four. The Europa League anthem may soon become embedded in the minds of Red Devils' fans.
At least United's progress in this competition has been fairly serene. They have beaten Astana 1-0 at Old Trafford, drawn 0-0 at AZ and won 1-0 at Partizan. A win on Thursday will take them through to the knockout phase, and Solskjaer has been able to throw some minutes to some of his promising youngsters.
United's injury woes show no signs of easing. Paul Pogba, Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw are unlikely to play again this side of Christmas, while Diogo Dalot is struggling. With a hugely important Premier League home game against Brighton on the horizon, we can expect Solskjaer to again shuffle his pack, so don't be surprised if Mason Greenwood features in the attack and the hugely impressive Brandon Williams lines up again at left-back.

Either famine or feast for flaky Partizan

Partizan are currently one of those "Forrest Gump" teams, in the sense that you never quite know what you're going to get. Since losing to Manchester United on Matchday Three, they have won both of their home games 4-0, but they also lost 2-1 at Cukaricki. Overall, Savo Milosevic's team has won three and lost four of its last seven matches. They have been beaten in their last two away games, and are ten points behind their old foes Crvena Zvezda in the Serbian title race.
Zoran Tosic returns to face his old club, having not really made a consistent impact at Old Trafford. Former Liverpool player Lazar Markovic has been ruled out by injury.

United worthy favourites, but will they impress?

Manchester United are yet to concede a goal in this tournament, but they are also yet to truly sparkle. That situation isn't just confined to this competition - 11 of their last 13 games have featured fewer than three goals, and at home they haven't scored more than once since they beat Chelsea 4-0 in August.
United are trading at 1.44 to win this, but instead we can boost those odds to above evens by backing them to win to nil at 2.06. That bet has already paid out three times this season in games at Old Trafford, and is a sensible play given their defensive record in the UEL.

Unders a justifiable favourite

Under 2.5 Goals is trading at 1.74 here, and I can see why. That bet has paid out in all three of Manchester United's UEL games, and indeed in 11 of their last 13 outings in all competitions.

Greenwood to shine again?

Mason Greenwood scored the only goal of the game in United's last UEL home match against Astana, and the 18-year-old also netted against Rochdale in the League Cup. He is trading at 2.66 to score at any time in the 90 minutes.

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