Europa League - Group L
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Man Utd 1-0 Astana: Mason Greenwood scores first senior goal

Mason Greenwood (number 26) is the first player born in the 2000s to score a senior goal for Manchester United
Mason Greenwood (number 26) is the first player born in the 2000s to score a senior goal for Manchester United

Teenager Mason Greenwood's first senior goal ensured Manchester United made a winning start to their Europa League campaign against Astana at Old Trafford.

On a night the 17-year-old will never forget and with the visitors from Kazakhstan threatening to hold out for a draw, Greenwood produced a clever finish in front of the Stretford End to become United's youngest scorer in Europe.

Earlier, Brazil midfielder Fred hit the bar from 25 yards before forcing a fine save from a free-kick, while England forward Marcus Rashford wasted a string of chances against the European minnows, who did not register a shot on target.

But frustration turned to celebration when Greenwood, who has been at United since the age of six, popped up with the winner.

Even after his goal, a much-changed United continued to waste chances.

Diogo Dalot blazed over from close range after Nenad Eric had kept out substitute Jesse Lingard's thunderous attempt.

In the other game in the Group L, Partizan Belgrade drew 2-2 with AZ Alkmaar.

Greenwood takes his chance

It was a far from perfect return to the Europa League stage for United on their first appearance in the competition since goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan defeated Ajax in the 2017 final in Stockholm.

United, of course, would rather be competing with Europe's elite in the Champions League but the Europa League at least offers manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to give some of his younger players experience of a European night under the Old Trafford lights.

Against the five-time Kazakhstan Premier League champions, United fielded their youngest side for a European game since December 2012.

Greenwood was one of six players aged 21 or under who started.

Having grown up in United's academy, the Bradford-born forward had already given United fans a glimpse of his talent during pre-season when he scored against Leeds in Australia.

In the heat of a competitive European game, he showed tremendous maturity as he cut the ball back on to his right foot after holding off an opponent before dispatching a low shot through the keeper's legs.

United fail to sparkle despite win

Greenwood's goal was the highlight on an otherwise scrappy night for United, who were far from convincing against a team that had come through qualifying to make the group stage.

Rashford, one of two survivors from the side that started last weekend's win over Leicester, wasted enough chances to have walked away with the match ball.

At the other end, Astana were worryingly able to get behind United's defence on more than one occasion.

Axel Tuanzebe partnered Phil Jones in the centre of the backline and, with the game goalless, the visitors should have taken the lead when Marin Tomasov found space to float a cross to the back post which went unpunished.

Man of the Match - Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood celebrates scoring for Manchester United in the Europa League
Mason Greenwood does not turn 18 for another two weeks but he deserves the man-of-the-match accolade for his quality finish alone

'We made it hard for ourselves' - what they said

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "Games like these, you want to make sure you win the game in the first 20 minutes and you can enjoy it.

"We made it hard for ourselves.

"You could see some of our lads needed games but it's pleasing we got the three points."

On Mason Greenwood scoring: "We always know that in and around the box he is one of the best finishers we have got. We wouldn't throw them in if they weren't ready."

Teenage kicks - the stats

  • United handed starts to three teenagers - Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes - their most in a Europa League/Champions League game since November 2009.
  • United are unbeaten in their last 12 games in the Europa League, keeping eight clean sheets in this run.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team have recorded back-to-back wins in all competitions for the first time since March 2019.

What's next?

United head for London this weekend for a match against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday (14:00 BST) while their next Europa League group game is in the Netherlands against AZ Alkmaar on 3 October (17:55 BST).

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 22Romero
  • 20Dalot
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 4Jones
  • 16RojoSubstituted forYoungat 78'minutes
  • 17FredBooked at 85mins
  • 31Matic
  • 26Greenwood
  • 28GomesSubstituted forMataat 68'minutes
  • 44ChongSubstituted forLingardat 68'minutes
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 5Maguire
  • 8Mata
  • 13Grant
  • 14Lingard
  • 18Young
  • 37Garner
  • 39McTominay

FC Astana

  • 1Eric
  • 2Rukavina
  • 44Postnikov
  • 6Tomasevic
  • 77Shomko
  • 18Maevski
  • 14Tomasov
  • 10Sigurjonsson
  • 24SimunovicSubstituted forLogvinenkoat 45'minutes
  • 9RotariuSubstituted forMubeleat 82'minutes
  • 45MurtazayevSubstituted forJangaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Muzhikov
  • 15Beysebekov
  • 19Mubele
  • 27Logvinenko
  • 28Pertsukh
  • 32Janga
  • 35Mokin
Referee:
François Letexier
Attendance:
50,783

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamFC Astana
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 1, FC Astana 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, FC Astana 0.

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rangelo Janga (FC Astana).

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Greenwood.

Booking

Fred (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Zarko Tomasevic.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Astana. Firmin Ndombe Mubele replaces Dorin Rotariu.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rangelo Janga (FC Astana).

Attempt missed. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Marcos Rojo.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rangelo Janga (FC Astana).

Attempt missed. Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 1, FC Astana 0. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fred.

Attempt missed. Dorin Rotariu (FC Astana) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Angel Gomes.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Tahith Chong.

Offside, FC Astana. Rangelo Janga tries a through ball, but Marin Tomasov is caught offside.

Foul by Mason Greenwood (Manchester United).

Zarko Tomasevic (FC Astana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Dorin Rotariu.

Attempt missed. Dorin Rotariu (FC Astana) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Nenad Eric.

Attempt saved. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Angel Gomes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zarko Tomasevic (FC Astana).

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Maevski (FC Astana).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Evgeny Postnikov.

Attempt blocked. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Antonio Rukavina.

Hand ball by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Foul by Angel Gomes (Manchester United).

Ivan Maevski (FC Astana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ivan Maevski.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Astana. Yuri Logvinenko replaces Luka Simunovic.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 19th September 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla11003033
2F91 Dudelange11004313
3Apoel Nicosia100134-10
4FK Qarabag100103-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev11001013
2FC Copenhagen11001013
3Lugano100101-10
4Malmö FF100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel11005053
2Getafe11001013
3Trabzonspor100101-10
4FK Krasnodar100105-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSV Eindhoven11003213
2LASK11001013
3Sporting100123-10
4Rosenborg100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1CFR Cluj11002113
2Celtic10101101
3Rennes10101101
4Lazio100112-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal11003033
2Standard Liege11002023
3Vitória Guimarães100102-20
4Frankfurt100103-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto11002113
2Rangers11001013
3Young Boys100112-10
4Feyenoord100101-10

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ludogorets11005143
2Ferencvárosi TC10101101
3Espanyol10101101
4CSKA Moscow100115-40

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg11003123
2KAA Gent11003213
3Saint-Étienne100123-10
4Oleksandria100113-20

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RZ Pellets WAC11004043
2Roma11004043
3B Mgladbach100104-40
4Istanbul Basaksehir100104-40

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovan Bratislava11004223
2Sporting Braga11001013
3Wolves100101-10
4Besiktas100124-20

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd11001013
2AZ Alkmaar10102201
3Partizan Belgrade10102201
4FC Astana100101-10
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