Manchester United are 90 minutes or more away from reaching their second European semi-finals post Sir Alex Ferguson era as the Red Devils take on Danish side, Copenhagen in the quarter-finals of the Europa League tonight.
The Red Deviis have been one of the most in-form team in the competition this season having lost just a game and conceded 3 goals so far.
The 2017 Champions come into this match in the back of a 7-1 aggregate score over Austrian side, LASK which makes them favourites.
Copenhagen finished second in their group behind Swedish side Malmo. However, Ståle Solbakken’s did enough to beat Instanbul Basaksehir 3-1 on aggregate en route to the quarter-finals.
Here are five things to more ahead of tonight’s cash at the RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne;
- The Red Devils are looking to reach their second semi-final since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The last time they got to the semi-finals was en route to their Europa League triumph in 2017 under former manager Jose Mourinho.
- This is the third time Manchester United will be meeting the Danish side. They previously met in the group stage of the 2006/2007 Champions League where the Red Devils won 3-0 at home but lost 1-away.
- Copenhagen have only one victory against English sides that came in 2006 against their opponents tomight. They have a record of L5 and D4.
- Juan Mata is one of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s best players in the competitions so far with 2 goals and 7 assists in 9 appearances.
- Copenhagen are playing in the quarterfinals of an European competition for the first time. They are the second to so in Danish football history after Brondby played in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup (Now Europa League) in 1990/1991 season.
- Manchester United’s last match on German soil ended a 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen.