LIVE BLOG: Manchester United 5 v. 1 FC Midtjylland

Manchester United 5 v. 1 FC Midtjylland

I’m so hurry I joined this match with the Live Blog transmission towards the halftime period. I was cut up in a traffic jam.
I’m here now . . .
Manchester United V. Midtjylland
Let’s go . . .
LIVE – Old Trafford . Europa League

Manchester United

Manchester United
5

M. Depay, 90′ Ander Herrera, 87′ M. Rashford, 75′ M. Rashford, 63′ N. Bodurov 32′

Final

FC Midtjylland

FC Midtjylland
1
P. Sisto 27′

REACTION COMING UP

We’ll have reaction from Louis van Gaal and his players shortly, both here and over on the homepage. Stick around!

FULL-TIME STATS

Possession: United 71% Midtjylland 29%

Shots (on target): United 25 (9) Midtjylland 2 (1)

Corners: United 14 Midtjylland 1

FT: UNITED 5 MIDTJYLLAND 1

It’s all over! The Reds progress to the last 16 of the Europa League after a clinical display at Old Trafford. Marcos Rashford scored twice on his debut, on a memorable night for the young striker.

90+2: Pereira tries to get in on the act, but drags a shot narrowly wide from 20 yards. That should be that.

90: We’ll have three minutes of added time at the end of the half.

HERRERA OFF, POOLE ON

The Reds make a third and final change, as Regan Poole comes on for his debut.

GOAL! UNITED 5 MIDTJYLLAND 1 (MEMPHIS 90′)

The Reds have a fifth! Memphis seals it once and for all, firing into the corner from the edge of the area.

RED CARD

89: Romer is dismissed after picking up his second yellow card, and Midtjylland will play the last minute or so with ten men.

GOAL! UNITED 4 MIDTJYLLAND 1 (HERRERA 88′)

The Spaniard fires home from the spot, sending Andersen the wrong way. That will do it!

PENALTY TO UNITED!

Penalty! Memphis’ shot is handled by Hansen, who is subsequently booked. Herrera will take…

LINGARD OFF, PEREIRA ON

Lingard is replaced by Andreas Pereira, as we enter the final minutes.

84: Close! Again Mata is involved, this time darting into the box and crossing towards Lingard, but it’s just cut out by the Midtjylland defence.

81: A rare chance for Midtjylland, as Onuachu meets Novak’s cross, but can’t direct his header on target. Into the final 10 minutes at Old Trafford…

RILEY OFF, ROJO ON

No chances taken by Louis van Gaal, as Marcos Rojo comes on in place of Riley.

78: The Reds go close again, as Memphis crosses for Lingard, but the midfielder’s header is over the bar.

GOAL! UNITED 3 MIDTJYLLAND 1 (RASHFORD 75′)

It’s in! The Reds are ahead in the tie, as Varela twists and turns before providing an inch-perfect cross for the forward to stab home. United are 15 minutes from reaching the last 16…

71: Unlucky! Memphis shows great trickery to beat three defenders, but his chipped finish is blocked and eventually cleared. He’s been excellent at times this evening.

69: United break through Rashford, who picks out Lingard on the right, but the winger’s cross sails into the Stretford End.

The Reds go in search of a third…

65: There’s surely only one winner from this point onwards, but can Midtjylland hold out for the final 25 minutes? We’re in for a nail-biting finish here…

GOAL! UNITED 2 MIDTJYLLAND 1 (RASHFORD 63′)

Get in! United are in front, and it’s Marcus Rashford who’s got the goal. The striker smashes the ball home from close range after great work from Mata.

61: Onuachu earns the away side a free-kick in a dangerous position,  and Romero punches Novak’s delivery clear. That’s the most we’ve seen from Midtjylland in an attacking sense since their goal.

60: Herrera finds Memphis on the left, but the winger’s effort is blocked well. The winger was a thorn in Midtjylland’s side in the first half, and could be the key to unlocking their defence as the game goes on.

56: The clock’s ticking at Old Trafford and, with every passing minute, you can feel the tension rising in the stands. Might Louis van Gaal be tempted to make a change if the score stays the same?

53: Right on cue, the visitors go forward through Poulsen, whose high cross is well dealt with by Romero.

51: Midtjylland are having to deal with wave after wave of United attack; it would be quite something if they can get to full-time without conceding. The Reds will be well aware of the Danes’ threat on the break, though.

49: So close! United are really knocking on the door now. It’s another huge chance for the Reds, as Memphis stands the ball up to the far post, but Herrera can only head into the side netting. The majority of those inside Old Trafford were celebrating, there.

47: What a chance! Schneiderlin ghosts in unmarked at the far post, but can only stab the ball back across the six-yard box. That will go down as a missed opportunity.

46: The Reds have an early corner, which Mata will take. Can van Gaal’s men strike early here?

46: We’re back under way!

HT: UNITED 1 MIDTJYLLAND 1

There’s the whistle, and the sides go in level at the end of a dramatic first 45 minutes. This tie is well and truly in the balance . . .

 

URENA OFF, ONUACHU ON

Midtjylland make one change at half-time, as Onuachu replaces Urena, as he did in the first leg.

The teams are back out. We’ve got a big half ahead of us!

HALF-TIME STATS

Possession: United 73% Midtjylland 27%

Shots (on target): United 10 (4) Midtjylland 1 (1)

Corners: United 8 Midtjylland 0

HT: UNITED 1 MIDTJYLLAND 1

There’s the whistle, and the sides go in level at the end of a dramatic first 45 minutes. This tie is well and truly in the balance…

45: We’ll have one minute of added time at the end of the first half.

43: No! Andersen saves, diving to his right to tip the Spaniard’s spot-kick past the post. How important could that prove to be?

PENALTY TO UNITED!

43: Penalty! It’s the easiest decision the referee will have to make all evening, as Romer dives in on Herrera in the box, and is booked as a result. This could be a massive moment – it’s Juan Mata who’s stepping up…

42: Off the post! Riley produces a pin-point cross from the left, but Schneiderlin’s header comes back off the woodwork. The Reds are getting closer!

40: With five minutes plus injury time remaining in the first half, the sides are still level. A goal before the break at either end could be crucial.

38: Ooh (la la)! United earn a free-kick in a dangerous position through Memphis, which is eventually cleared as far as Schneiderlin, but the midfielder’s acrobatic effort drops just wide of goal. That would have been spectacular…

36: Close! Memphis is causing all kind of problems here. This time, the winger twists and turns on the left before digging out a cross which is cut out just in front of Herrera, who was lurking at the far post.

YELLOW CARD

35: Novak is the first player to go into the book, after bringing down Lingard as the Reds looked to break.

GOAL! UNITED 1 MIDTJYLLAND 1 (BODUROV OG 32′)

Yes! United are level, as Memphis races down the wing and into the area, firing in a low cross which Bodurov can only divert into his own net. Game on!

30: United go in search of an immediate response, but again Midtjylland defend their lines well. We’ve reached the half-hour mark at Old Trafford, and Sisto’s goal has really shaken things up here.

GOAL. UNITED 0 MIDTJYLLAND 1 (SISTO 27′)

Would you believe it? The away side take the lead with their first foray into the United half, as Sisto goes on a mazy run and beats Romero from 15 yards. United have it all to do.

25: The visitors earn a free-kick on the halfway line, and a welcome breather. To put that into context, United have had a massive 75% of the play so far.

22: Chance! Midtjylland struggle to get out of their own area and the ball eventually comes to Olsson; the midfielder’s attempted clearance rebounds off Lingard and flies inches wide of Andersen’s left-hand post. That’s the closest either side has come.

20: Varela skips away from Sisto and chips a delightful ball towards Rashford, but again it’s just cut out. Can United find an opener?

17: Close! Andersen is worked for the first time, as Rashford cuts inside and hits a low drive which the Midtjylland keeper does well to turn around the post.

16: United work the ball from right to left, and it eventually comes to Riley by the corner flag. The youngster’s cross is taken off the toe of Mata, though, as the Spaniard looked to volley towards goal.

14: Rashford’s first real involvement sees him burst past his marker on the edge of the area, but the ball runs out of play before he can get a cross away. His pace could cause some problems tonight.

12: Every player, bar Romero, is in the Midtjylland half. The Danes are yet to find their feet in the game, but will be happy if the scoreline stays the same.

09: The visitors stand strong to clear the danger. It’s already looking like a matter of time before United find a breakthrough here.

08: Another great ball from Schneiderlin sees the Frenchman pick out Memphis on the left; the winger darts down the line before his cross is deflected behind. United have a corner…

05: Unlucky! Memphis cuts in from the left, as he did so often on Monday night at Shrewsbury, beating two defenders before seeing his shot well blocked by the Midtjylland defence.

04: The Reds’ first attack sees Schneiderlin whip a good pass out to Varela on the right wing, but the move breaks down after Lingard miscues.

02: An early touch for Sergio Romero, here. He was superb in the first leg in Denmark, let’s hope he doesn’t have much to do this evening.

KICK-OFF

01: We’re under way. Come on!

MATCH STARTED

MARTIAL OUT, RASHFORD IN

There has been a late change to the Reds’ line-up, after Anthony Martial picked up an injury in the warm-up. He’s been replaced by Marcus Rashford.

Here come the teams… United v Midtjylland is just moments away!

MATCH BUILD-UP

That’s the warm-up complete. Kick-off is rapidly approaching at Old Trafford – here’s to a United win!

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Up Man U!

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