Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Man United v Fenerbahce

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with Fenerbahce in the Europa League tonight

Charlie Nicholas is backing Manchester United to claim a 3-1 victory over Fenerbahce in their Europa League group stage clash on Thursday night.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to return to winning ways after their goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday night.

United have taken three points from their opening two Europa League games after they followed up their defeat by Feyenoord with a narrow victory over Zorya last month.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his side can secure the three points against the Turkish opponents as the Red Devils prepare to welcome former striker Robin van Persie back to the club.

And former Arsenal man Nicholas is tipping the Red Devils to claim a straightforward victory over Fenerbahce on Thursday night.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I think this will be an interesting game because the bland Manchester United we saw against Liverpool on Monday, which I did expect, now find themselves in what is a must-win game if they’re fussed about the Europa League.

“What Jose Mourinho got his team to do on Monday was not my cup of tea, but they did it very well. The question is how he now turns his side into one that can dominate games and score goals.

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gone a bit quiet, Paul Pogba has just one goal since he arrived, so how are they going to play now? They’ve got to be a bit more expressive.

“Is it feasible Pogba and Wayne Rooney can play in a similar areas? Could he play Marcus Rashford central? It will be interesting to see what Mourinho does.

“I think he will make a couple of changes and I think he’ll actually rest Ibrahimovic and give Rooney a game in the No 10 role.

“Fenerbahce can be dangerous. I remember them coming to Arsenal a couple of years ago and should have won, and I think they’ll have a good go at Manchester United in an open game.”

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Manchester United will then turn their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their crunch clash at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

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