Manchester United (6) 5-1 (3) FC Midtjylland: Memphis destroys Danish side to send Reds through

Manchester United produce a dominant display at Old Trafford against FC Midtjylland to cruise into the last 16 of the Europa League

Manchester United (6) 5-1 (3) FC Midtjylland: Memphis destroys Danish side to send Reds through
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Manchester United : S.Romero; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Riley; Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Martial.
FC Midtjylland : Andersen, Rømer, Hansen, Bodurov, Novak, Sparv, Poulsen, Olsson, Hassan, Sisto, Urena

Manchester United are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after a convincing 5-1 win against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford.

United went into the second leg 2-1 down and needed a performance to turn the tie around. United went a goal down when Pione Sisto put the visitors into the lead, but not long after Memphis Depay forced an own goal. In the second half, it was Marcus Rashford's night when he scored two goals on his debut. Goals from Ander Herrera and Memphis Depay rounded off a convincing win for United.

Martial injured his hamstring in the warm-up

The game began with the terrible news that Anthony Martial had done his hamstring in the warm-up, and was replaced late on by youngster Marcus Rashford who made his full debut for the senior side.

Rashford had the first real chance of the game when he unleashed an effort from just outside the box which was well saved by Midtjylland's keeper. The youngster definitely doesn't lack any confidence and the crowd certainly were getting behind him. 

Midtjylland took the lead against the run of play

Midtjylland though after defending for the first part of the game took the lead with their first attack of the game when the dangerous Pione Sisto gave them the lead. Sisto shrugged off a few players to strike the ball past Sergio Romero

Memphis creates an own goal for United

United didn't take long to respond and got a goal back when Memphis Depay skinned his marker and kept running to the byline and crossed it into a dangerous area where the Midtjylland defender Bodurov turned the ball into his own net. 

Morgan Schneiderlin was next to go extremely close for the home side when his acrobatic effort just went wide of the Midtjylland goal. The United fans started to get behind the players to try and spur them on as the needed more goals to get back into the tie.

Schneiderlin came within inches of given United the lead minutes later when he headed a dangerous cross onto the post. United were on the attack and were awarded a penalty when Ander Herrera was brought down in the box. Juan Mata stepped up, but the penalty was saved by the Midjylland goalkeeper. 

The first half ended much better for United than it started who should have been in front, but Mata missed the chance from he penalty. Sisto gave Midtjylland the lead before an own goal brought United straight back into the game.

United began the second half on the front foot and once again Schneiderlin had a big chance to give United the lead, but instead of hitting the ball in the net he played it across goal. Herrera then a couple of minutes later should have scored for United when Memphis crossed the ball to the midfielder, but he headed it over. 

Rashford scores two on his full debut

United finally took a deserved lead when Mata cushioned a Herrera cross straight into Rashford's path who, on his debut, smashed the ball home. The youngster deserved the goal for his endeavour throughout the game. 

Memphis was next to go close for United when he left three or four defenders in his wake, but he took to long and went to dink it over the keeper, but he didn't get enough on it to score. Memphis though was having his best game in a long time for the United which is what the Old Trafford faithful want to see.

Marcus Rashford has a debut to remember | Photo: Matthew Peters/Man Utd
Marcus Rashford has a debut to remember | Photo: Matthew Peters/Man Utd

United got their third goal and it was that man again Rashford on his debut. Guillermo Varela played a massive part in the goal when he played a perfect cross into the box for the youngster to get his second. 

Herrera scores United's fourth from the penalty spot

Herrera got a fourth goal for United before the end of the game from the penalty spot. Memphis went into the box on another dribble and tried a shot which was going into the corner of the goal, but the Midtjylland defender put his hand in front of the ball to give away the penalty. 

Midtjylland were reduced to ten men when Romer pulled back Memphis to get a second yellow card. Memphis then made it five for United smashing the ball home from outside the box to round of a perfect performance from the Dutch winger. 

United, in the end, cruised through to the-the last 16 of the Europa League with a convincing 5-1 win. Memphis was the best player on the pitch by a long way and showed why exactly United bought him for big money. Rashford on his debut also shone getting two goals. It was a fantastic all round display from United.