Manchester Utd and Tottenham win big in Europa, Dialo finally earns debut
Manchester United trash Real Sociedad 4-0 to start their Europa League last 32 first leg match on Thursday with an advantage.
Europa moved the tier to Turin, Italy, as the Spanish Government restricts travelers from the UK due to COVID-19. Bruno Fernandes hits netted a brace before Marcus Rashford and Daniel James added the third and fourth, respectively.
Fernandes opens the score sheet at the 27th minute after a collision between Real Sociedad’s defenders and goalkeeper doubled the advantage shortly before the hour mark.
In the second half, Marcus Rashford Latches a through pass from Fred in the 65th minute to make it 3-0. 3 minutes later VAR disallows Mason Greenwood’s goal. Daniel James sealed the match with an injury-time close-range finish.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the Red Devils deserved to win but not by 4 goals.
“We deserved to win but maybe not by four goals. On a night like this when we find spaces we can be a dangerous team,” he said.
Tottenham on the other hand played away leg against Austrian side Wolfsberg in Budapest, also switched to a different country. The match ended in a 4-1 victory as Bale registered an assist and netted the second.
Gareth Bale marked a rare start with a strong display setting up Son Heung-min in the 13th minute to open the scores. He scored a classy second at the 28th minute before Lucas Moura made it 3-0 6 minutes later.
Liendl confronted the Home team through a spot-kick before Carlos Vinicius made it 4-1 in the 88th minute.
Jose Mourinho could not hide his happiness and believes his team is one leg in the next round.
“Pleased with the result because of course 4-1 away from home gives you a good space for any possible mistake that you can make in the second leg.
“I think we have one foot in the next round. The result is of course very good,” he said.
Meanwhile, Amad Dialo finally earned 12 minutes united senior Debut with a commanding performance. The Kid completed more dribbles (3) in the 12 minutes than any other forward on the show.
Dialo brief debut pleased Solskjaer and could hand him a start and the Norwegian suggests that he is getting closer.
“We’ll make a decision on that after Newcastle. He’s had a couple of games in the reserves. We’ll take it lightly,” Solskjaer said.
“There are still a few players that were on the bench tonight that will want to start of course, but Amad is getting closer,” he added.