MANCHESTER UNITED will walk into an empty stadium when they take on LASK in the Europa League — with coronavirus having forced the game behind closed doors.
Few United supporters had really heard of their Austrian opponents before the last-16 draw.
SunSport’s MARTIN LIPTON fills in some of the blanks before the behind-closed-doors Europa League showdown.
LASK — WHAT’S THAT ALL ABOUT?
Simple, it stands for Linzer Atletik-Sport-Klub.
You don’t need to speak German to work out what it means.
THEY’RE A NEW TEAM, THOUGH, YES?
Not at all.
LASK were founded in the city of Linz in 1908, so it means they are older than Leeds, Swansea and Wigan, to name just a few.
SO WHAT HAVE THEY WON, THEN?
Not a lot, although they were the first team from outside the capital Vienna to be crowned Austrian champions when they won the title for the only time in their history in 1965.
They completed the domestic Double that season but won nothing before OR since.
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
The normal. Bad ownership, including one president who fled to the French Riviera with all the club’s cash in the 90s.
They were relegated to the third tier over financial chaos in 2012, which also forced them to move 30 miles to the town of Pasching.
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