10: Close to being game, set and match. Anthony Martial is showing no signs of fatigue as he drifts in from the left channel and tip-toes his way across the penalty area. Martial can’t see a shot so backheels to Juan Mata but his effort is blocked by the superb Karl-Johan Johnsson.
7: Manchester United have won their 21st penalty in all competitions this season, more than any other side within the top five European leagues. Incidentally, Inter Milan secured their place in the semi-finals earlier and will play the winner of Wolves vs Sevilla.
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4: GOAL! Bruno Fernandes steps up… converted. Cracking and emphatic finish. No hop, skip and jump this time…
3: PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED! Drama in Cologne as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are awarded their 21st spot-kick of the season. Andreas Bjelland brings down Anthony Martial inside the box.
2: Save! Anthony Martial plays a neat one-two with Marcus Rashford before trying to beat goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson at his near post. Good stop and a good sign of purpose from Manchester United.
1: I should mention that Juan Mata has replaced Mason Greenwood. Is that a good decision? I don’t know anymore. It’s too hot to think.
1: Are we doing this then? I will reset the clock because I can’t do the 100+ minutes without losing my fragile mind. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the players: “Come on boys, 30 minutes. Keep going.” I somehow thought his speech would be more technical than that. Anyway, we’re underway for 30 minutes of drama and potentially penalties!
92: What a challenge! Anthony Martial wriggles his way through one… two… three… he looks to pull the trigger but Victor Nelsson arrives with a last-ditch tackle to save Copenhagen at the death.
88: Manchester United applying a small bit of pressure as we tick closer to extra time. Aaron Wan-Bissaka makes a good overlap down the right but smashes his cross through the penalty area and away to safety. A small cutback may have found Bruno Fernandes unmarked.
85: Save! Very nearly a signature Anthony Martial special as the Frenchman collects a loose ball and bends a curling effort that’s heading into the top right-hand corner. Goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson dives at full stretch and tips it wide. So close.
83: Penalty appeal! Varela goes over when trying to slip past Brandon Williams but VAR takes a gander and decides no spot-kick. You’ve seen them given because there IS contact.
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78: Substitute Mikkel Kaufmann quite rightly booked for chopping down Brandon Williams. Just losing that zip and energy levels now. It’s hot, both sides have been going for over a year and neither is budging tonight. Could just be set for extra time and perhaps penalties folks.
73: First change of the evening for Manchester United sees Nemanja Matic on for Fred. Victor Lindelof is also on for Eric Bailly. To like-for-like changes. Drinks break.
70: Bruno Fernandes produces a carbon-copy of his earlier effort that struck the crossbar but this dipping drive is saved by goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.
68: OH. MY. WORD! Rasmus Falk looks like an absolute baller. A certified baller. Amazing. He’s going nowhere by the byline but somehow flicks it past two Manchester United defenders and lays it off for Bryan Oviedo. The former Everton and Sunderland MUST score but takes too long and slams it straight at Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
65: Close! Rasmus Falk powers through the middle and slips it over to Guillermo Varela but Brandon Williams makes a risky, yet perfectly-timed challenge.
Woodwork! Goodness me. Manchester United have hit the woodwork THREE TIMES tonight. Bruno Fernandes takes a touch before hitting a dipping effort that bounces back off the woodwork. Eric Bailly then booked for stopping a counter.
63: Should be 1-0. Bruno Fernandes scoops the ball over to an unmarked Marcus Rashford, who can’t execute the volley properly and shanks it. Harry Maguire is booked moments later for taking out substitute Mikkel Kaufmann.
60: A familiar name enters the field in ex-Everton star Bryan Oviedo. I distinctly remember him scoring a late winner against Manchester United a while back. Mikkel Kaufmann also on for Pep Biel and Mohamed Daramy.
57: There’s more urgency and fluency about Manchester United’s play now. Copenhagen are being forced to drop deeper and deeper into their own half.
Disallowed! Such frustration for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. Mason Greenwood manages to get the ball out of his feet quickly and slams an effort against the base of the post. Marcus Rashford is there to apply the finish but he was clearly offside.
54: It’s still Inter Milan 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen in tonight’s other quarter-final tie. I’ll let you know if anything changes because that will have big implications for both these sides.
51: Marcus Rashford has taken a bit of a pasting online for his first-half performance, but he’s just sent two Copenhagen defenders out for dinner with a quick injection of speed. His ball finds Paul Pogba, who sparks it high and wide.
48: Still over 30 degrees in Cologne. Not pleasant if you ask me. Certainly not for any exercise other than lifting beer to mouth… Eric Bailly ploughs into Jonas Wind and Copenhagen take the opportunity to load the box… nothing.
45: PEEP! And we’re back underway folks. 45 minutes to decide a winner. If not, we’ll go to extra time and potentially penalties. Quite like this over the two-legged affairs. No changes for either side.
HT: And that’s the break. Difficult first half for Manchester United in Cologne. They were on the ropes on a couple of occasions but got things together towards the end of the opening 45 minutes. Remember, this match is decided tonight whatever happens.
45: Disallowed! Manchester United thought they had made the breakthrough through teenager Mason Greenwood, who expertly finishes from an acute angle. He wheels away in celebration but VAR has a look and it’s clearly offside.
42: It’s a bit long ball from Manchester United tonight. And these Copenhagen defenders don’t seem to mind that whatsoever. Meat and drink for Victor Nelsson and Andreas Bjelland.
39: Eric Bailly to the rescue! Former Manchester United right-back Guillermo Varela collects a lovely cross field pass from Rasmus Falk before seeing a half-volley into the box that Mohamed Daramy attacks. Bailly knocks it behind for a corner, which is promptly cleared.
36: Just one or two signs that Manchester United are springing into life now. Still not nailing those passes in the final third – but you sense it won’t be long before they do.
33: Some really nice stuff from Manchester United being played here. They are forcing Copenhagen to chase shadows with their one-touching passing. Mason Greenwood sees his thunderbolt deflected wide for a corner, which goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson collects.
30: Half-hour on the clock and we’re level in this mini tournament in Cologne. Anthony Martial slides in at the back post. He’s stretching but can’t connect with Marcus Rashford’s looping cross. Good idea.
28: Danger! Manchester United with a free-kick in a central position. It’s in range. Bruno Fernandes steps up… high and wide. No problems for goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.
25: It’s all kicking off in tonight’s other Europa League quarter-final between Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen. Antonio Conte’s side went 2-0 up through Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku, but Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz has pulled one back. Drinks break.
22: Weird. So VAR found that Harry Maguire was offside in the build up to this ghost penalty, so no spot-kick was given. We still haven’t seen it back again but I didn’t see much for a penalty to have been given in the first place.
Mass confusion going on here in Cologne. There’s an innocuous incident inside the Copenhagen penalty area and referee Clément Turpin points to the spot. The United players have no idea what’s going on, so VAR has a look.
Fred gifts the ball away inside his own half and forward Mohamed Daramy pounces. He sits Aaron Wan-Bissaka on his backside with a lovely turn before Harry Maguire slides in to make a block. They are looking seriously good value the Danish side.
15: Ouch! Aaron Wan-Bissaka has taken a cross straight to the chops and needs some medical attention. The Manchester United defender is back up and running but Boilesen has injured himself. Pierre Bengtsson replaces him.
13: Chance! Now… that would have put the cat amongst the pigeons. Rasmus Falk does really well to keep the ball in over open the left touchline. His pass finds Victor Nelsson, who cuts the ball inside for Mohamed Daramy. The Copenhagen striker looks certain to prod it in but Eric Bailly arrives to block.
10: Marcus Rashford takes centre-stage as Manchester United win a free-kick in a central position – perhaps 30-yards from goal. He fires at goal with that awkward, dipping technique but he’s sent it wide. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have switched gears now – they are firmly on top.
8: Harry Maguire uses Victor Nelsson as a ladder when challenging for a corner and he’s penalised by referee Clément Turpin.
5: Manchester United win the first corner of the evening and 21-year-old Jonas Wind heads clear. No sign of a ‘high press’ from Copenhagen tonight – they are sticking rigidly to their system. The Red Devils are having a bit of joy down the flanks with Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka mostly unmarked.
3: It’s 9pm out on Cologne and it’s 32 degrees. Not ideal and that’s why there will be a drinks break this evening. Finally, a drinks break I can approve of. It’s been a quick, sharp start for Copenhagen – having a good crack down that left channel through the enterprising Rasmus Falk.
1: PEEP! OK, we’re underway folks. All or nothing, sink or swim… win or lose for a place in the Europa League semi-finals. I’m a bit excited.
Manchester United will still end up signing Jadon Sancho this summer despite comments from Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, according to former Red Devils midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
“I think he will be a Manchester United player in a pretty short time. Dortmund are trying to get a bit more money out of it, that’s just the nature of the beast.
“Obviously they know United are really interested, they’re pretty heavy into negotiations. But I think they’re bluffing, they know he’s going to leave at that price.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and FC Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken are good friends. I was going to say CLOSE friends but there’s a reason that I didn’t…
It’s a bit of a master vs apprentice situation because Solskjaer spent time shadowing Solbakken in 2011 at FC Copenhagen. They played together in the Norwegian side too.
“We are friends from the national team in the 90s, where Norway was the second-best team in the world,” said Solbakken. “You won’t believe that! We were ranked number two in the world, so we played in a World Cup together.
“He took his coaching badge and I think he came to me before the last-16 against Chelsea in the Champions League in 2011. We have a good relationship. We are not close friends but I can say we are good friends.”
The first is Liverpool acquiring the services of Olympiacos left-back Kostas Tsimikas for around £11million. The Reds seem happy to have competition for Andrew Robertson.
Elsewhere Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on the verge of joining David Beckham’s MLS franchise Inter Miami on a free transfer.
Josh: Big chance for Fred tonight. The first time he’s anchoring both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Lots of energy needed!
Jake: This Jadon Sancho saga is going to drag horribly, both clubs being awkward. Will be a while before any sort of deal is concluded in my opinion.
Jimmy: Very decent team that. Sticking with cup goalkeeper (changing it backfired on FA Cup), playing Eric Bailly who’s a better defender than Victor Lindelof (just injury prone) and Fred is more mobile than Nemanja Matic!
See what I did there? Sanch-NO… No because the transfer is looking in serous doubt… I’ll get my coat.
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has delivered a movie-style jab to the kidneys with his latest revelation today.
Today was supposedly the deadline for Manchester United to sign their top target Jadon Sancho, but he’s now been named in the Bundesliga club’s squad for this week’s training camp in Switzerland.
“We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season,” said Zorc. “The decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.
“Last summer we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then.”
Right then… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes SIX changes from the side who beat LASK last week. Was it last week? Can’t remember. Who cares.
Anyway, Brandon Williams, Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Sergio Romero are the survivors from that forgettable evening.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all come back in.
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Manchester United have announced their starting XI and the headline news is that Sergio Romero starts between the sticks. David de Gea is benched. Full analysis coming shortly.
We’re at the business end of a competition that started over 12 months ago now. It really is ridiculous isn’t it. The Europa League is the football equivalent of Takeshi’s Castle.
Anyway, the quarter-final fixtures are: Manchester United v FC Copenhagen, Inter Milan v Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk v Basel and Wolves v Sevilla.
You’ll know by now that the two Premier League sides will meet in a semi-final in Dusseldorf on 17 August if they both come through their quarter-finals.
The final is in Cologne on 21 August and the winners will be given a Champions League spot for next season – not a big problem for United.
Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen in Cologne.
Everyone surviving this heat? Obviously it’s been around four thousand degrees around the UK today and that’s too warm to enjoy absolutely anything.
I looked at buying one of those Dyson fans with the circular hole in the middle – but that was £500 – so I put my underwear in the freezer instead.
Manchester United are now in a straight knockout situation now. No second legs. No second chances. It’s all or nothing in the new Europa League format.
Team news and line ups plus loads more coming up over the next few hours. Standby…
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to recall his big guns for tonight’s Europa League quarter-final against FC Copenhagen.
Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams are likely to be the only players to retain their places from the team that started last week’s 2-1 win against LASK Linz.
Solskjaer has only three injury problems to contend with ahead of the mini-tournament to conclude a Europa League tournament disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.
The biggest decision facing Solskjaer is whether to select Sergio Romero or David De Gea between the sticks.
The United boss was giving little away at his press conference but is expected to pick De Gea.
Speaking about the decision, he said: “That’s an obvious question. I think I must be the most privileged manager in the world with the goalkeeping department. Sergio, David and Dean. Three top ‘keepers.
“This season has shown how important Sergio has been for us. David has been performing there. We’ll see what we’ll do going forward.”
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