Manchester United get the job done and they’re off to a winning start in the Europa League. Greenwood will take the headlines with his first goal for the club – an excellent finish low through the keeper’s legs in the 73rd minute.
Rashford guilty of missing two great chances in the first half. Credit to Astana though, who came to Old Trafford and made it very difficult for the home side.
Match Event As It Happened
4′ OFF THE BAR! Fred gets his head up from distance, hits one with his left towards goal and it cracks off the bar and out of play! Good effort from the Brazilian!
13′ ERIC SAVES! Astana fails to clear Gomes’ corner and the ball drops to Rashford about two yards out, but Eric denies him at the near post! Surely he has to score!
21′ SAVE! Rojo tries another long ball into Rashford running beyond the defense and he’s inside this time, but the shot’s weak and Eric smothers it! He should probably have two already today!
45′ Half-Time! Manchester United struggle to find a way past a stubborn Astana side as we head into the break without a goal. Fred hit the bar from distance in the fourth minute, but Rashford’s had the best chances of the lot; he saw a shot from a poorly defended corner saved from two or three yards out in the 13th minute and again Eric denied him from a volley eight minutes later.
46′ SUBSTITUTION! Two changes for Astana at the break, the first of which sees Simunovic come off for Logvinenko and the second sees Murtazayev make way for Janga.
53′ CHANCE! Astana again fails to defend a Gomes corner and the ball drops to Greenwood at the near post, but he can’t squeeze it over the line as it takes a deflection off Rukavina and trickles out for another corner.
68′ SUBSTITUTION! A sign of how well Astana have defended perhaps, as Solskjaer makes his first change, taking off Chong for Lingard. It’s a double swap as Gomes also makes way for Mata.
73′ GOAAAAL!Manchester United 1-0 Astana (Mason Greenwood) Manchester United take the lead, they get the breakthrough and it’s Greenwood with his first-ever senior goal! What a way to get it as well. He’s one-on-one against Rotariu, sends him every which way and eventually tucks a right-footed shot low through Eric’s legs.
78′ SUBSTITUTION! Rojo – making his first appearance of the season – goes off to a round of applause for Young.
80′ OFF THE POST! Lingard gets involved for the first time since coming on with a brilliant strike from distance, but Eric tips it onto the post! It rebounds back into play for Dalot, but he’s off-balance and puts it over the bar! It’s easier to score!
82′ SUBSTITUTION! Astana’s final change sees Rotariu come off for Ndombe Mubele.
85′ YELLOW CARD! Fred is shown a yellow card for a late challenge. Good refereeing to come back to that despite play having moved on.
90+3′ END OF MATCH! Manchester United get the job done and they’re off to a winning start in the Europa League. It really should have been more, Rashford guilty of missing two great chances in the first half. Credit to Astana though, who came to Old Trafford and made it very difficult for the home side.
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