Astana ended 6 consecutive defeats in by beating Man Utd



FC Astana have ended a run of six consecutive defeats in the Europa League by beating Manchester United 2-1 in the Europa League Group C encounter in Nur-Sultan on Thursday early kick-offJesse Lingard took the captain’s armband and gave Red Devils an early lead to score his first goal since January 2019  in all competitions since netting against Arsenal in the FA Cup in 307 days ago andthis was his longest run without a goal at the club level.Astana should have equalised in the 22nd minute when Abzal Beysebekov’s clever diagonal pass caught Luke Shaw napping and Dorin Rotariu shot wastefully wide.Manchester United then picked their opponents apart 10 minutes into the second half, with Shaw and Angel Gomes exchanging passes before Chong chipped over with the goal at his mercy but the teenager paid for his wastefulness instantly when Shomko fired an unerring finish across Lee Grant into the bottom-right corner from Roman Murtazayev’s pass to make it 1-1 in the 55 minutes.A quickfire turnaround was achieved in the space of seven minutes after Antonio Rukavina raided unchecked down when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer men left and the unfortunate Bernard diverted the cross past Grant.However, Astana keeper makes two fine saves in quick succession to deny Angel Gomes and then Mason Greenwood with ten minutes to go.Red Devils return back to the domestic league when they host Aston Villa on Sunday at the start of a crunch seven days that includes Jose Mourinho’s reunion at Old Trafford with Tottenham before the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium before welcoming AZ Alkmaar in their final Europa League group stage next month.





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