Following an international break during which United were roundly written off against Liverpool, the Red Devils produced a performance which proved to the watching world that they are, if nothing else, a team capable of hitting opponents at pace and one able to carry out a specified set of tactics to nullify the opponent.
The team will travel to Serbia for a meeting with Partizan Belgrade in Thursday’s Europa League as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look to end a four-game winless run.
Despite an improved performance during a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, questions remain over United’s record away from home, with the Red Devils without a win on the road in 11 games.
United’s prospects are not helped by the fact that Partizan Belgrade, currently fifth in the Serbian SuperLiga, have an impressive record at home this season.
In nine home games this term, Partizan have only lost once – a surprise 2-1 defeat to Vozdovac – and conceded on just seven occasions over that period.
However, victory in Belgrade will take United top of Group L, but they will need to show a different, more nuanced side to their game if they are to claim a win against a Partizan side which is set to sit deep on Thursday.
Head To Head
Both teams have met twice as Man United have won one and lost one against Belgrade.
Possible Line Ups
Partizan: Stojkovic; Miletic, Ostojic, Pavlovic, Urosevic; Natkho, Zdjelar; Asano, Soumah, Tosic; Umar
Manchester United: Romero; Young, Rojo, Jones, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; Mata, James, Martial
This will be a harder game for United than many expect against a team buoyed by a strong home record and with nothing to lose in front of their own supporters. Solskjaer’s side are likely to dominate possession but there is little evidence to suggest that they will have the cut and thrust required to break down Partizan’s two organised banks of four.