Manchester United started without as many as 14 first team players against Midtjylland in the second leg of the Europa League tie but they dominated the first half till out of nowhere Pione Sisto scored to put Danish side in commanding position. United however pulled one back with an own goal minutes later and Juan Mata missed a penalty before the break. 18 year old Marcus Rashford scored twice in second half to get United into round of 16.
Manchester United 5-1 Midtjylland – Match Highlights
[Europa League, Round of 32, Second Leg ]
27′ 0 – 1 Pione Sisto scored tottally against run of play with a superb turn and shot goal inside the box
32′ 1 – 1 Nikolay Bodurov’s own goal gave United a lifeline.
43′ 1 – 1 Juan Mata’s penalty missed penalty summed up United night.
63′ 2 – 1 Marcus Rashford, 18 year old scored from close range to make it 2-1 for United
75′ 3 – 1 Marcus Rashford scored his second of the night to put united 3-1 up
87′ 4 – 1 Ander Herrera made it 4-1 and game set/match
90′ 5 – 1 Memphis Depay played superbly all night and scored from just outside the box to make it 5-1 to finish as man of the match performance.
Manchester United again made a mess of what was a straight forward tie when trailing 2-1 after first leg, they conceded against Midtjylland in the second leg. United pulled one back via own goal but whole loads of missed chances including Mata’s penalty caused some Panic. But United scored twice in second half, both from Marcus Rashford who is just 18 year old and started the game with only 10 minute notice after Martial pulled out.
Manchester United vs Midtjylland Highlights: The game will be late kickoff on thursday night at 20:05 uk time and BT Sports to have live coverage in the UK. If you missed the live action you can always tune in here for the full match highlights posted after the game.
Manchester United went into their Europa League first leg game against Midtylland with Rooney ruled out for six weeks while David De Gea limped off just before the kickoff. Romero however settlled in straight away making couple of crucial saves before United took the lead with Memphis Depay scoring but a goal from Pione Sisto brought home team back into the game just before the break. Paul Onuachu scored in second half to get a 2-1 win for Danish side.
FC Midtylland 2-1 Manchester United – Match Highlights
[ UEFA Europa League, First Leg ]
Memphis Depay put Manchester United 1-0 up just before the break:
Pione Sisto scored after some good footwork just outside the box:
77′ 2 – 1 Paul Onuachu
First half ended with teams level at 1-1 after goals coming just before the break. Memphis Depay poked home from close range to put United 1-0 up while Pione Sisto made it 1-1 at the stroke of halftime with a deflected shot.
Preview & Team News: United has never won Europa League/UEFA Cup before and Louis Van Gaal was up-beat about the competition considering it United’s only realistic chance of getting qualification to next round of UEFA Champions League. But that is a long shot as so many quality teams are still competing in the competition but if United can put together a good run from now to the end of the season and take this competition seriously they might just win it.
FC Midtjylland has not played since 10 december 2015 because of the winter break in Denmark and that might prove to be the key as they will be well rested for their biggest game in history.
Louis Van Gaal has as many as 13 players out injured ahead of the first leg with Rooney for couple of months while Matteo Darmian (dislocated shoulder) and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (illness) are also on the sidelines leaving a makeshift back four and some youngsters in the squad ahead of tonights game. Academy players like Donald Love, James Weir, Joe Riley and Regan Poole has been included in the traveling squad and they might make their senior debuts on thursday night.
We can expect Schneiderlin and Carrick to anchor in the midfield while Memphis Depay, Mata and Lingard to play just behind Anthony Martial. Looking at the squad United might struggle to keep the clean sheet but all they need to do is to get atleast a score draw to go into the second leg with away goal advantage. Having said that United should have enough in their locker to win this game and kill the tie in the first leg.