Teenager Mason Greenwood’s first senior goal ensured Manchester United made a winning start to their Europa League campaign against Astana at Old Trafford. On...
Mason Greenwood (number 26) is the first player born in the 2000s to score a senior goal for Manchester United

Teenager Mason Greenwood’s first senior goal ensured Manchester United made a winning start to their Europa League campaign against Astana at Old Trafford.

On a night the 17-year-old will never forget and with the visitors from Kazakhstan threatening to hold out for a draw, Greenwood produced a clever finish in front of the Stretford End.

Brazil midfielder Fred hit the bar from 25 yards before forcing a fine save from a free-kick, while England forward Marcus Rashford wasted a string of chances against the European minnows, who did not register a shot on target.

But frustration turned to celebration when Greenwood, who has been at United since the age of six, popped up with the winner.

Even after his goal, a much-changed United continued to waste chances.

Diogo Dalot blazed over from close range after Nenad Eric had kept out substitute Jesse Lingard’s thunderous attempt.

Greenwood takes his chance

It was a far from perfect return to the Europa League stage for United on their first appearance in the competition since goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan defeated Ajax in the 2017 final in Stockholm.

United, of course, would rather be competing with Europe’s elite in the Champions League but the Europa League at least offers manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to give some of his younger players experience of a European night under the Old Trafford lights.

Against the five-time Kazakhstan Premier League champions, United’s starting line-up included six players aged 21 or under.

Having grown up in United’s academy, Greenwood had already given United fans a glimpse of his talent during pre-season when he scored against Leeds in Australia.

In the heat of a competitive European game, he showed tremendous maturity as he cut the ball back on to his right foot after holding off an opponent before dispatching a low shot through the keeper’s legs.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 22Romero
  • 20Dalot
  • 38Tuanzebe
  • 4Jones
  • 16RojoSubstituted forYoungat 78′minutes
  • 17FredBooked at 85mins
  • 31Matic
  • 26Greenwood
  • 28GomesSubstituted forMataat 68′minutes
  • 44ChongSubstituted forLingardat 68′minutes
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 5Maguire
  • 8Mata
  • 13Grant
  • 14Lingard
  • 18Young
  • 37Garner
  • 39McTominay

FC Astana

  • 1Eric
  • 2Rukavina
  • 44Postnikov
  • 6Tomasevic
  • 77Shomko
  • 18Maevski
  • 14Tomasov
  • 10Sigurjonsson
  • 24SimunovicSubstituted forLogvinenkoat 45′minutes
  • 9RotariuSubstituted forMubeleat 82′minutes
  • 45MurtazayevSubstituted forJangaat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Muzhikov
  • 15Beysebekov
  • 19Mubele
  • 27Logvinenko
  • 28Pertsukh
  • 32Janga
  • 35Mokin
Referee:François Letexier

 

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamFC Astana
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 1, FC Astana 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, FC Astana 0.

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rangelo Janga (FC Astana).

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mason Greenwood.

Booking

Fred (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Zarko Tomasevic.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Astana. Firmin Ndombe Mubele replaces Dorin Rotariu.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rangelo Janga (FC Astana).

Attempt missed. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Marcos Rojo.

Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rangelo Janga (FC Astana).

Attempt missed. Marcos Rojo (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Mata.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester United 1, FC Astana 0. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fred.

Attempt missed. Dorin Rotariu (FC Astana) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Angel Gomes.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Tahith Chong.

Offside, FC Astana. Rangelo Janga tries a through ball, but Marin Tomasov is caught offside.

Foul by Mason Greenwood (Manchester United).

Zarko Tomasevic (FC Astana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Dorin Rotariu.

Attempt missed. Dorin Rotariu (FC Astana) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Nenad Eric.

Attempt saved. Fred (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Angel Gomes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zarko Tomasevic (FC Astana).

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Maevski (FC Astana).

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Antonio Rukavina.

Attempt missed. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Antonio Rukavina.

Hand ball by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Foul by Angel Gomes (Manchester United).

Ivan Maevski (FC Astana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ivan Maevski.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Astana. Yuri Logvinenko replaces Luka Simunovic.

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