Man Utd are into the Europa League semi-finals after beating FC Copenhagen in the last eight..
United required extra-time to get the job done, with Bruno Fernandes’ 94th-minute penalty getting the Reds over the line. Wolves or Sevilla will be United’s last-four opponents on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a strong team for the game, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all coming back into the team having started last week’s win over LASK on the bench.
Greenwood thought he’d opened the scored for United on the stroke of half-time but his clinical strike was ruled out for offside after a VAR check.
Copenhagen goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson kept his side in the tie with an impressive performance, but Fernandes’ converted penalty after Anthony Martial was felled in the area was enough to see United home.
Rarely called into drastic action as he kept his place after last week’s win over LASK. Copenhagen’s best chances were blocked. 6
Took a heavy blow to the head early on and it seemed to shake him. Uncharacteristically lost a sliding tackle but brilliantly denied Bryan Oviedo. 6
Made a couple of key blocks to thwart Copenhagen in the first-half but his second-half booking meant he was walking a tightrope and Victor Lindelof came on for him. 6
Blocked just in the nick of time to spare Fred’s blushes and was booked for a cynical foul after half-time. 6
Executed a goal-saving header in his own area but reluctant to get into the opponent’s area and struggled in the second-half. 5
United need a second goal, without a doubt. The final 15 minutes will be precarious if it remains 1-0. And although they have laboured in this game for long periods, they would deserve a two-goal lead on balance of play.
21 penalties for United in all competitions now this season, albeit it’s been a long one. It’s no fluke. They get into dangerous situations and force the opposition into mistakes. And in Fernandes they have a brilliant penalty taker. Fans will just be glad if he doesn’t have to take on in a shootout.
Rashford slips it through but the angle is too narrow and the goalkeeper saves with his feet.
Romelu Lukaku and co. aren’t on United’s side of the bracket but could be a potential final opponent if United can win this game and beat either Wolves or Sevilla.
Falk looks the biggest threat to this United defence, especially considering one goal should win this tie.
Martial opens his body up and curls one towards goal but is denied by a superb save from Johnsson.
Nobody wants extra-time, not least the United players in the side tonight who haven’t played competitively for 15 days, since the Leicester league finale.
Both teams are looking tired but maybe the longer this goes on, the more gaps will appear in the Copenhagen defence?
United have made changes in defence and midfield, but they might want to freshen up their frontline soon.
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