Astana v United: The essential info
Manchester United will make a 6,000-mile round trip to Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan, for Thursday's UEFA Europa League game against FC Astana.
The Reds sit top of Group L and secured qualification to the last 32 of the competition with two fixtures to spare, after beating Partizan Belgrade 3-0 earlier this month.
Meanwhile, our opponents have already been eliminated, having lost each of their four matches so far, including a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in September.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of our visit to Astana Arena...
WHICH TV CHANNEL IS IT ON IN THE UK?
The match will be broadcast on BT Sport 2, with kick-off scheduled for 15:50 in the UK - Nur-Sultan is currently six hours ahead of GMT, hence the earlier time. MUTV subscribers will still be able to follow all the build-up through the Match Day Live show which will be broadcast from 14:30 GMT; this will then be followed by live radio commentary. Fans can also keep up to date with the match action through our usual coverage on ManUtd.com and the Official App, where you can track live data and player statistics in the Match Centre. MUTV will be showing the game in full the following day.
WHO'S THE REFEREE?
Lithuanian referee Donatas Rumsas will take charge of the match in Nur-Sultan, and he will be assisted by his fellow countrymen - linesmen Aleksandr Radius and Dovydas Suziedelis, as well as fourth official Donatas Simenas. Rumsas has officiated one game in the Europa League group stages this season, showing five yellow cards during LASK’s 1-0 win over Rosenborg. VAR is not in use in the Europa League group stages.
We’ve hit Matchday 5 in this season’s Europa League group stages, and Basel, Celtic, Espanyol and Sevilla have already joined United in confirming their places in the next round. Our fellow British sides Arsenal, Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers could also secure qualification this coming Thursday.
Here is a full list of this week’s Europa League fixtures, split into the three scheduled kick-off times...
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER
Astana v UNITED
Krasnodar v Basel
Trabzonspor v Getafe
AZ Alkmaar v Partizan Belgrade
Besiktas v Slovan Bratislava
Braga v Wolverhampton Wanderers
CSKA Moscow v Ludogorets
Ferencvaros v Espanyol
Feyenoord v Rangers
Istanbul Basaksehir v Roma
Olexandriya v Wolfsburg
St-Etienne v Gent
Wolfsberger v Borussia Monchengladbach
Young Boys v Porto
Arsenal v Eintracht Frankfurt
Celtic v Rennes
Dudelange v APOEL
Lazio v CFR Cluj
Lugano v Copenhagen
Malmo v Dynamo Kyiv
Rosenborg v LASK Linz
Sevilla v Qarabag
Sporting Lisbon v PSV Eindhoven
Vitoria SC v Standard Liege
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