Manchester United’s comfortable 6-1 aggregate win over Club Brugge saw us progress to the last-16 of the Europa League.

The Red Devils have now been drawn against Austrian side LASK as they look to reach the quarter-finals.

It’ll be United’s first ever meeting with LASK so we’ve profiled our relatively unknown opponents.

(Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

History

LASK were formed in 1908 and became the first team outside Vienna to win the Austrian league 57 tears later.

However, they haven’t won it again and were recently playing in the second division until their promotion in 2017.

The Austrians are now playing in a major European competition for the first time since 2000 and they have never reached the last-16 stage before.

LASK’s last visit to England saw them lose 6-0 to Arsenal in a behind-closed-doors friendly ahead of the 2019 Europa League final.

(Photo by Franz Kirchmayr/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Form this season

Red Bull Salzburg have won plenty of plaudits this season, but LASK are currently ahead of them in the Austrian Bundesliga.

They have won 15 of their opening 20 league games and are unbeaten in all competitions since a 4-0 defeat to Rapid Vienna in December.

After losing against Brugge in the Champions League qualifiers, they entered the Europa League group stages.

LASK then topped their group and recorded impressive victories against Sporting Lisbon and PSV on home soil.

Their only defeat in the group stages was a 2-1 loss to Sporting in Portugal where current United midfielder Bruno Fernandes got a goal and assist.

 

LASK booked their place in the last-16 by beating AZ Alkmaar 3-1 on aggregate in the last round.

Style of play

Former Nurnberg and Wolfsberg manager Valerien Ismael succeeded Oliver Glasner as the head coach of LASK ahead of this season.

The 44-year-old immediately implemented his philosophy on the club and they use either a 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 formation in most games.

Their three centre-backs help provide some defensive stability and LASK have only conceded 19 league goals this season.

His side are renowned for pressing opponents high up the pitch and they place a big emphasis on possession.

Also, most of their attacking threat comes from the wide areas via the overlapping wing-backs and dangerous wingers.

(Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Players to watch

Marko Raguz (above), 21, is LASK’s main goal threat and scored all three of their goals against AZ.

The striker now has 11 goals in all competitions this season, with five of those coming in the Europa League.

Austrian winger Thomas Goiginger is another player that United should be wary of.

The 26-year-old joined LASK in 2017 on a free transfer from FC Blau Weiss Linz, and he scored 14 goals and contributed 17 assists last season.

He recently made his Austria debut in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Latvia and has been linked with a move to Southampton.

Have something to tell us about this article?