September 18, 2021

Man Utd ease into Europa League last eight

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Manchester United came from behind to beat LASK 2-1 at Old Trafford as they sealed their spot in the Europa League quarter-finals with a 7-1 victory on aggregate.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg, which was played nearly five months earlier before the coronvairus pandemic halted the season, United were never in any danger, but it was the visitors who took the lead thanks to Philipp Wiesinger’s stunning strike in the 55th minute.

However, United, who put in a lacklustre display for much of the game, hit back 93 seconds later through Jesse Lingard (57) before substitute Anthony Martial’s late strike sealed victory on the night (88).

United are now just three games from silverware and their bid to win the Europa League continues on Monday when they will face Copenhagen, who progressed past Istanbul Basaksehir, in a one-off game in the quarter-finals on Monday in Cologne.

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Opta stats – United concede first home goal in Europa League this season

  • Manchester United have netted 23 goals in the Europa League this season, at least four more than any other side in the competition.
  • Philipp Wiesinger’s opener for LASK was the first goal Manchester United have conceded at home in the Europa League this season.
  • Anthony Martial is now Manchester United’s top scorer in all competitions this season with 23 goals. The Frenchman had scored just 23 goals in his last two campaigns combined for the Red Devils.
  • Jesse Lingard has scored in back-to-back matches for Manchester United for the first time since December 2018.