Match Rewind: United's best 2019/20 Europa League matches
We continue to remember the highlights of Manchester United's 2019/20 campaign by moving on to our favourite Europa League fixture.
Monday's Match Rewind saw you choose our 2-1 Carabao Cup victory at Chelsea as the Reds' best domestic cup tie, and now the time has come to choose your preferred 90 minutes from our European adventure this term.
Once again, there is plenty to choose from, with United winning four and drawing one of our six group-stage matches, before a 6-1 aggregate scoreline against Club Brugge and a comfortable first-leg success at LASK in the last 16.
With 17 goals across the fixtures to choose from in our Match Rewind poll, here are the four contenders...
UNITED 3-0 PARTIZAN BELGRADE
Our first match enabled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to punch our ticket into the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare, beating Partizan Belgrade 3-0 at Old Trafford. It was the second of back-to-back fixtures against the Serbian outfit, following on from a 1-0 victory which was settled by an Anthony Martial spot-kick.
The scoreline on Manchester soil was a bit more routine. A trademark left-footed finish from Mason Greenwood got the Reds up and running in the 21st minute, before Martial demonstrated his undoubted skill, to score a wonderful solo goal to double our advantage before the break.
There was still time for more goals after the interval, with Marcus Rashford putting the result beyond doubt as the local lad lashed a third into the top corner.
UNITED 4-0 AZ ALKMAAR
Even with qualification assured, the Reds turned on the style against our Dutch counterparts, with four second-half goals in our final group game to seal top spot in the group. Although the boss made nine changes, United put on a show after the interval, with Ashley Young scoring a brilliantly well-worked team goal to break the deadlock eight minutes into the second half.
It was then Greenwood's turn to get his customary Europa League goal, or, in this case, it would be two. The first saw fellow Academy prospect, James Garner, win the ball inside AZ's half and Mason had enough time to take a touch and drive his shot into the net from just outside the area. To get his second, the 18-year-old received the ball on the right-hand flank, but even with team-mates gathering in the box, the exciting striker took it upon himself to score, slotting the ball inside Marco Bizot's near post. Take a guess which foot he scored both with?
Sandwiched in-between the youngster's two strikes was a cool penalty kick from Juan Mata, after Greenwood was fouled inside the box.
UNITED 5-0 CLUB BRUGGE
After a first leg in Bruges which saw United pick up an away goal in a 1-1 draw, the Reds returned to Manchester and put on a five-star display against a 10-man Brugge side. The Belgian leaders conceded a first-half penalty when defender Simon Deli produced a diving block with his hand, and the Ivorian was subsequently given his marching orders.
Up stepped Bruno Fernandes, in his fifth game for United, to give us the lead with an audacious penalty-kick which went straight down the middle. Our second goal of the night saw fellow new arrival, Odion Ighalo, open his account. Fernandes picked out Mata at the far post with a superbly weighted cross, and the Spaniard headed it back across the face of goal for the Nigerian, who simply couldn't miss.
Scott McTominay, in only his second game back from a long-term injury that had kept the Scotland international on the sidelines since Boxing Day, was among the goals before half-time, as he powerfully stuck home our third goal from long range.
Prior to this match, Fred had only scored one goal for United and that was back in September 2018 against Wolves, so it came with much surprise that the Brazilian scored a brace in the closing stages. The first came courtesy of a low cross into the box from Jesse Lingard, while his second, deep into stoppage time, came when Tahith Chong picked the midfielder out in acres of space outside the box to make it 5-0 on the night, and 6-1 on aggregate.
LASK 0-5 UNITED
Our final match to choose from and, in fact, our last game before the coronavirus crisis suspended football indefinitely, is our 5-0 win against LASK, which saw all the goals scored by five different players. The Austrian outfit, who had billed the game as their 'match of the century' before kick-off, were behind after half an hour, as Ighalo produced some brilliant trickery to tee up a half-volley which went in via the underside of the crossbar.
Daniel James netted our second, which came from a lightning counter-attack from the Reds. The Wales international weaved his way from the left flank into the box, and coolly scored his first goal since late August. And the Reds weren't done there, with three more strikes coming in the final 10 minutes. Fred threaded a glorious through ball for Mata to finish, while Greenwood netted a fourth which went in off both posts. There was still just enough time for Andreas Pereira to score our fifth, with a speculative shot that went in off the keeper.
Got a clear favourite from the above options? Simply visit our Match Rewind live blog to cast your vote.
The poll closes at 16:00 BST tomorrow (23 April) and we’ll show the winning game in full, and for free, via the Official App and ManUtd.com at 19:00 BST later that evening.
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