Twitter Reacts as Manchester United Secure Europa League Progression With 3-0 Win Over Partizan

Manchester United scored three goals in a football match?! That really doesn’t happen very often. 

It’s just a shame that it came in the Europa League against Partizan, a side currently sitting in fourth place in the Serbian League. 

Still, the result confirmed United’s progression to the next stage of the competition and with their league form continuing to disappoint, lifting the trophy may provide the Red Devils with their best chance of bringing Champions League football back to Old Trafford next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surprised a few people with his strong team selection in a game that many viewed to be unimportant compared to United’s upcoming Premier League fixtures. 

Youth academy graduates James Garner and Brandon Williams were only afforded a place on the bench, much to a number of fans’ dismay. 

Team selection issues aside, the game started with a bang. Both sides had the ball in the back of the net inside five minutes, but both Anthony Martial’s strike and a potential Harry Maguire on goal were ruled out for offside – all without the aid of VAR.

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Minutes later Marcus Rashford had two good chances to score and failed to convert either one. The first was created from an Aaron Wan-Bissaka cross and the second was an even easier opportunity from point-blank range. Twitter was not best pleased, to say the least.

​​Public enemy number one Rashford somewhat redeemed himself for his sloppy finishing in the 22nd minute when he provided the assist for a fine Mason Greenwood goal. However, there was some debate over whether the through ball was actually intended for Juan Mata. 

Regardless, it was a fine finish from Greenwood who is now seriously knocking on the door for more playing time in the Premier League.

​​​​The goal galvanised the United attack, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side soon doubled their lead thanks to an incredible goal from Anthony Martial. 

The Frenchman jinked past three Partizan defenders before slipping the ball into the back of the net.

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​​Rashford eventually joined the scoring party just after half time, when he smashed in United’s third goal. 

The strike was a long time coming and fans expressed their joy at the 22-year-old’s fifth goal in as many games on social media. 

It was a shame that his celebration did not go as well as his finish…



​United cruised through the second half and never looked in danger of conceding. 

The result represented a much improved performance for the Red Devils, who lost to ​Bournemouth in the league on Saturday, and will give Solskjaer’s side confidence going into their next fixture against Brighton at the weekend.