Sunday , February 28 2021

Odion Ighalo scores as Manchester United thrash Club Brugge to reach Europa League last 16 – Evening Standard, Standard.co.uk

        

                                                          

                                                                                          

Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo were both on target as Manchester United strolled to a 5-0 win over – man Club Brugge to secure their place in the last – of the Europa League .

                                                                                                                                                

Ighalo was handed his full debut for the club since arriving on loan after Anthony Martial sustained a muscle injury in training.

                                                                                                                                                   

Scott McTominay also made his long-awaited return to action having been sidelined since December as United named a strong line-up.

                                                                                                                                                                     

And they were on the pulse from the first whistle, testing Simon Mignolet with two chances inside the first five minutes with Fernandes and Mata both forcing a save from the Belgian.

                                                                                                                                                   

United were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Harry Maguire appeared to pull down David Okereke in the penalty area, but neither the referee nor VAR opted to intervene.

                                                                                                                                                      

      
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Fernandes was enjoying an influential role through the middle and saw another effort saved by Mignolet before playing a part in the opener. The playmaker found Daniel James with a clever backheel and the Welsh winger’s effort was bizarrely saved by Brugge defender Simon Deli.

                                                                                                                                                            

Referee Serdar Gozubuyuk pointed to the spot and pulled out a red card, which seemed like the obvious decision. The Turkish official was told to review the decision on the VAR monitor but, after two minutes of deliberation, decided not to change his mind.

                                                                                                                                                

Fernandes stepped up and with a hop and a skip, sent Mignolet the wrong way to net his second penalty in the space of five days.

                                                                                                                                                                          

      
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The floodgates opened all too quickly and United were feeling rampant. Fernandes was involved again for the second, clipping a lovely pass to the back post and Juan Mata’s cutback found Ighalo, who couldn’t miss from four yards out.

                                                                                                                                                

United were in complete control and the scoreline soon reflected it when Scott McTominay struck home from the edge of the box after good work from Fernandes and Fred.

                                                                                                                                                                         

It was no surprise to see United take their foot off the gas in the second half and Fernandes received a deserved standing ovation when substituted midway through the half.

                                                                                                                                                             

United finally added a fourth eight minutes from time when substitute Jesse Lingard unselfishly set up Fred before the Brazilian added a second in injury time as United cruised into the next round, with the mood certainly improving at Old Trafford.

                                                                                                                                                      

      
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Relive all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog …                                                                                                                                                 

Live Updates

                              

  

         

        
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Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to BT Sport:

What he was happy with? “The football we played at times. First half, I thought we started the game with great intensity. Tempo with our game , combination play, good rhythm with our game. Very happy. “

Ighalo

“” The goal was a good example of what you want from Odion. The ball’s come over him and it spins quickly, gets over the center back and taps it in . What we’ve been lacking a little recently. “

On form “We’re not conceding goals. That’s a good start today we want to play attacking football. Play with confidence, swagger, smiles on our faces. Everton on Sunday is a big one. Now we just enjoy this one tonight, get ready for Sunday. ”

                              

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More from Ighalo …

“The confidence was high, we spoke about that before the game that it’s played at home and the fans are behind us . We had to go all out from the first minute and push to go to the next round and we did.

The first goal opened up everything and the red card made it difficult for them, with our attacking and playing at home too. From the start, we worked hard until the last minute. “

his goal “It’s a big dream and I’m realizing the dream makes it even better.”

(Settling in) “I know some of the guys from before and they are good lads. In the dressing room we have fun together and it’s much easier to gel with the team. ”                               

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Here’s Odion Ighalo, speaking to BT Sport :

“It’s a great moment. I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve played three games, now I’ve got a goal to start my Manchester United career, with the team I’ve supported from when I was young. It’s very good, I’m very happy and grateful to God.                                                              

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Post-match reaction coming up! A smiling Odion Ighalo has just spoken to BT Sport after scoring his first Manchester United goal tonight.

We’ll have the post-match reaction for you shortly, so stick with us!

                              

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James Robson on a stellar night for Manchester United …

“What a performance. You can say ‘it was only Brugge’ but in the past seven years we ‘ ve seen United struggle against much worse opposition.

“They were outstanding tonight, scoring five goals at Old Trafford for only the second time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. The last occasion also came at this stage of the Europa League – against Midtjylland under Louis van Gaal in .

                              

         

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Fair play to the Brugge fans, who did not stop singing all night despite the adverse result.

The players go over to salute their efforts after being soundly beaten tonight.

(Photo: Reuters
                                                             

         

(FULL TIME)

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FULL TIME | Manchester United 5-0 Club Brugge

Dominant from start to finish and goals for Fernandes, Ighalo, McTominay and Fred (2). It couldn’t have gone much better for Solskjaer tonight.

United continue their perfect record at Old Trafford in the Europa League – goals scored, 0 conceded. (Photo: Getty                               

         

(GOAL!)

         

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Manchester United 5- 0 Club Brugge | Fred ( 3 ‘

A fine strike from the Brazilian to complete the rout, with Chong getting the assist.

(Photo: Reuters

                              

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mins: Three minutes of added time to be played.

Greenwood very nearly adds a fifth with his right peg. He’s such a talent.

                                                          

  

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297 mins: Chong so close!

The teenager is inches away from opening his United account, flashing a low effort past the far apost.

                              

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263 mins: Lingard denied!

That was the chance to break his loooooong goal drought and it’s an unbelievable pass from Mata to put Greenwood through.

The – year-old shows his maturity to set up Lingard but his effort is beaten away by Mignolet.

                              

         

ES COVERAGE

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James Robson at Old Trafford

“How Fred needed that goal, given his wayward shooting this season. Even he couldn’t miss from there. Likewise, the assist from Lingard should do his confidence the world of good, too. “

                                                             

         

(GOAL!)

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Manchester United 4- 0 Club Brugge | Fred 362 ‘

Lingard very unselfishly squares it to Fred who finishes nonchalantly. United strolling to victory.

: Photo: Getty
                              

         

SUBS

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mins: Brugge give another run-out for 32 – year-old Charles De Ketelaere, replacing Rits.

                           

  

         

ES COVERAGE

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James Robson at Old Trafford

“United are still well on top, but the fluidity has gone after all the changes.

“Chong hasn’t made an impact. Lingard is getting plenty of touches – but hasn’t produced anything of note yet. Let’s see if Greenwood can get his customary goal. ”                                                              

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99 mins: Greenwood looks keen to add to his four- goal tally in this competition but Ighalo fails to find him with the second part of the one-two.

United could take a few players off here without replacing them and still win. Absolute cruise control.

                              

         

SUBS

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91 mins: McTominay has had a fine game on his return from injury and he’s got some valuable minutes under his belt.

Mason Greenwood, who has four goals in the competition so far, replaces him.

                              

         

ES COVERAGE

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James Robson at Old Trafford

“A sensible decision to withdraw Fernandes and save his legs for Everton. Another wonderful performance from him and a second goal in as many games. He’s a special talent. ”

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89 mins: Mignolet save again!

Chong fizzes in a dangerous low cross and it’s cleared straight to Shaw, who thumps it low and hard but Mignolet makes a smart block.

Without him it would be 7 or 8-0.

                           

  

         

SUBS

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85 mins: warm ovation for Fernandes , who has been outstanding tonight.

Jesse Lingard, who desperately needs a goal, has minutes to find one.                              

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