Our football match prediction:
Manchester United rolled over Saint Etienne in the last 32 of the Europa League, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the double-header against Rostov. The Red Devils have already clinched the League Cup trophy, but Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to stop now and, no doubt, the Premier League team will take Thursday’s football match against Rostov very seriously. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, but the Swedish attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line. The Selmashi aim to build on a thrilling 6-0 win over Tomsk, but they face an uphill task in the double-header against Jose Mourinho’s troops. The Russian club crushed Sparta Prague at home in previous round, but seeing that UEFA offers the bonus of a Champions League spot for the Europa League winner, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Moussa Doumbia):
A Malian midfielder Moussa Doumbia has been with Russian side FK Rostov since 2014. The 22-year-old powerful midfielder started his career with Real Bamako in 2012. Doumbia spent two years playing for the Scorpions in the Malien Premiere Division, the top rank in the country. Russian side recognised his talent and made a transfer in 2014 tying Moussa Doumbia on a four-year deal. During two seasons with Russian Premier League outfit, Doumbia was involved in 31 league matches. In 2015-16 season he contributed to his club’s runners-up finish with two goals of his own. Full-time Mali international made his national team debut in 2014 in a 3-1 victory over China in Shenzen. His most recent international appearances occurred in September during an empathic 5-2 win over Benin in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Doumbia went on to score his team’s fifth goal with eleven minutes on the clock rounding off an impressive performance.
Highlighted Team (Manchester United):
Over the years Manchester United have established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Red Devils have won three European Cup (Champions League) trophies and they have clinched no less than 20 Premier League titles. A number of top-class players were part of Manchester United in the past, but, no doubt, the club’s biggest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the team for 26 years. During Alex Ferguson’s spell at Old Trafford the club won a number of trophies, but the Red Devils have been struggling in all competitions ever since he retired. Louis van Gaal helped Manchester United win the FA Cup trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with Jese Lingard scoring the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium. The likes of Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona are the football stars that graced Old Trafford for Manchester United.