Harry Maguire

United v LASK: Five talking points from Old Trafford

Manchester United progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 2-1 victory against Austrian side LASK at Old Trafford.

The result saw the Reds take the last-16 tie 7-1 on aggregate, with goals from Jesse Lingard and substitute Anthony Martial securing the win on the night.

Here are the top talking points from the second leg…

COPENHAGEN IN COLOGNE

Although the job against LASK was virtually done heading into the match, United still needed to see out the tie and completely secure a quarter-final place. Having done so, the Reds will now head to Cologne on Monday to face FC Copenhagen for a spot in the last four. The Danes take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after winning 3-1 on aggregate against Istanbul Basaksehir, having overturned a one-goal deficit from the first leg.

BACK TO BACK FOR LINGARD

After scoring United's previous goal, in the away win over Leicester City on the final day of the Premier League season, Lingard netted the next one as the Reds levelled against LASK at Old Trafford. A quick break left the Englishman with just Austrian 'keeper Alexander Schlager to beat, and Jesse showed he has his eye in at the moment by slotting home again.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HARRY

Harry Maguire lined up at Old Trafford a year to the day since signing for the Reds, and made his 53rd appearance in what has been a very accomplished maiden campaign with the club. The captain will now hope to add three more outings to his tally, as the Europa League moves into tournament mode in Germany, and ultimately to end the season with silverware in his hands.

Harry Maguire on the ball against LASK
Maguire takes command against LASK.

MENGI EARNS HIS STRIPES

Young defender Teden Mengi enjoyed a special moment when, with six minutes remaining in the 90, he came on for Timothy Fosu-Mensah to make his first-team debut for United. The 18-year-old has impressed since breaking into the Under-23s and was previously an unused substitute at FC Astana in the Europa League group stage earlier this season. His entrance against LASK means United have now fielded 19 Academy products in the senior side this season, across all competitions.

Teden Mengi
Teden Mengi celebrates at the end of his winning debut for United.

A VICTORIOUS UNVEILING

 

The day after we revealed our home kit for the 2020/21 season, the new threads were on show for the first time on the pitch against LASK. The fresh strip from adidas is available exclusively at adidas.com/football, adidas stores and United Direct.

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