Thursday’s game marked the return of Europa League football at Manchester United, which is a statement every fan will hate reading.

United played host to FC Astana, who play in the Kazakhstan
Premier League, and expectations were huge to say the least.

After a dissapointing, yet dominant first half, United finally took a deserved lead in the 74th minute courtesy of Mason Greenwood, who was one of the better players today in an average team performance. They got there in the end, but not without difficulty due to the brilliant performance of Astana goalkeeper Eric.

There aren’t many positives with a team like Manchester United competing in the Europa League, as opposed to the Champions League, but one big positive would be the opportunities given to the youngsters Axel Tuanzebe (21), Tahith Chong (19), Mason Greenwood (17), and Angel Gomes (19) were all included in the starting lineup.

Let’s review how they, and the rest of the United side performed.