Our football match prediction:
Manchester United experienced all sorts of problems in their Europa League opener against Feyenoord. The Red Devils were beaten by the Eredivisie outfit in Netherlands, but they showed character in a 4-0 win over Leicester City at the weekend. The Premier League giants gave fans some cheer on Saturday afternoon and it has to be noted that summer signing Paul Pogba impressed in the triumph over Claudio Ranieri’s troops. Manchester United are desperate to bounce back from the 1-0 loss to Feyenoord and they are widely expected to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Zorya. The Ukrainian side shared the spoils with Fenerbahce in front of home fans, but they are unlikely to spoil Manchester United’s party at Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be rested against Zorya, but Wayne Rooney, who came as a substitute in the win over Leicester, should lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Zlatan):
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Swedish footballer of Bosnian descent. Ibra was born in Malmo on 3 October, 1981 and, as a result, he decided to represent Sweden on the international stage. The 195-cm-tall attacker started his senior career at Malmo and in 2011 he moved to Ajax. Ibrahimovic was producing outstanding performances for the Amsterdammers from 2001 to 2004 and, as a result, he was linked with a move with several European giants. In 2004 he signed a deal with Juventus for a fee of €16 million. Ibra scored 23 goals in 70 league games with the Bianconeri and he won two Serie A trophies with club (both revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal). He played for Inter and Milan in the past as well and he was part of Barcelona between 2009 and 2011. In 2012 he moved to PSG and it has to be noted that he won for Ligue 1 trophies with les Parisiens. After scoring on his last game for PSG against Nantes, he joined Manchester United in the summer of 2016. Ibrahimovic represented Sweden at several major tournaments.
Highlighted Team (Zorya):
Zorya are a professional football club that compete in the Ukrainian Premier League. The club was founded in 1923 and in 1972 they won Soviet Top League. Speaking of competitions in Ukraine, Zorya made it to the cup final in the 2015/2016 season, with the team losing to Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2) in the title game. Despite suffering the loss to the Miners in the Ukrainian Cup final, Zorya made it to the Europa League group stages. It has to be noted that the Ukrainian team played out a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce on their debut in the group stages of the European competition. Slavutych Arena has been the home ground of the club since 2014 and you should bear in mind that they played at Avanhard Stadium from 1951 to 2014. Before the World War II Zorya played their home games at Lenin Stadium. The club’s home colours are black and white. Anatoliy Kuksov is the club’s most capped players, making 517 appearances for Zorya in all competitions.