Three talking points from Manchester United 2-1 LASK

Manchester United secured victory yesterday evening against LASK at Old Trafford in their UEFA Europa League last 16 second-leg tie. 

United came into the tie with a 5-0 first-leg advantage. Such a comfortable deficit meant Solskjaer was able to rotate, and quite comprehensively.

The rotated reds put in a real Jekyll and Hyde performance to see off LASK Linz. After a dull first half, the game sparked into life in the second period.

Goals from Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial saw off the visitors as United eased into the quarter-finals 7-1 on aggregate.

So what caught our interest?

Mata’s golden touch lingers

United’s secondary forwards did well in the second half, with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, in particular, standing out.

Lingard scored the equalizer just two minutes after United went behind after being put through on goal by Mata, who later on in the game set Martial up for the winner.

The Spaniard looked bright throughout and gave a reminder of how good he can be.

Hungry Martial

Anthony Martial, Manchester United
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Anthony Martial of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Paul Pogba during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United and LASK at Old Trafford on August 05, 2020, in Manchester, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY MICHAEL REGAN/GETTY IMAGES.

United’s number 9 got on the scoresheet yet again yesterday as he registered his 23rd goal of the season in all competitions.

The Frenchman came off the bench to win the game for United and in his post-match interview, Solskjaer said Martial “begged to come on” and promised a goal.

He certainly delivered on his promise, and the 24-year old has been in fine form this season, justifying Ole’s decision to keep him as the main striker.

New Beginnings

Manchester United academy graduate Teden Mengi made his debut for the Red devils yesterday evening. The United faithful have big hopes for the 18-year-old center back, who looks like he has the tools required to be a success at the top level.

Another academy product took to the field in a new berth yesternight as well. Tahith Chong came off the bench to play at left-back and did quite well.

With speculation swirling around the young Dutchman and claims that he seeks a Bundesliga loan move, the bright cameo in a new role might be an indication that Tahith, despite all odds, is fighting for his place at Manchester United.

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