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Man United fend off Europa League shame vs. Omonia Nicosia

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MANCHESTER, England — It took Manchester United greater than 90 minutes to do it, however they discovered a well past Omonia Nicosia within the Europa League on Thursday, successful 1-0.

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Though supervisor Erik ten Hag fielded a robust line-up, it was a substitute off the bench, Scott McTominay who scored the game-winner in stoppage time.

ESPN’s Rob Dawson has response and evaluation from Previous Trafford.

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1. Man United saved from nightmare Europa League destiny

A draw at residence in opposition to Omonia Nicosia would have been embarrassing sufficient — however it might have additionally meant Manchester United could be all however sure of ending second in Group E of the Europa League. From there, they might’ve confronted a last-32 tie in opposition to a workforce dropping down from the Champions League, presumably Barcelona, Milan or Juventus.

Erik ten Hag will likely be grateful, then, for Scott McTominay‘s winner deep into stoppage time.

For the fourth recreation in a row, one in every of Ten Hag’s substitutes got here on to attain. This time it was McTominay, who was solely launched 9 minutes from time, with the midfielder poking the ball into the online from six yards out.

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Apart from saving United’s blushes, it means Ten Hag’s facet nonetheless have the prospect to complete prime of their group and progress straight into the last-16 within the new yr. Actual Sociedad sit prime, three factors clear, courtesy of their win at Previous Trafford in September, however United nonetheless must journey to San Sebastian for the final recreation within the group.

It ought to have been much more comfy in opposition to Omonia — United had 34 makes an attempt on objective — however ultimately it was solely the consequence which mattered and McTominay was in the correct place on the proper time.

2. Ten Hag taking the Europa League significantly

The Dutchman stated at his pre-match information convention his workforce would go “all out” to beat Omonia, and the supervisor did his half.

Beginning on Sunday, United have gotten Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea within the house of seven days, however Ten Hag resisted the temptation to rotate his squad and picked David De Gea, Lisandro Martinez, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo in opposition to the Cypriot facet. McTominay, suspended in opposition to Newcastle after choosing up 5 yellow playing cards within the Premier League, regarded certain to begin however Ten Hag saved him on the bench in favour of Casemiro, who needs to be within the XI once more on Sunday.

Ten Hag has been constant in his message that United usually are not but adequate to look past the following recreation and he backed it up along with his workforce choice in opposition to Omonia when it might have been straightforward to have one eye on a tricky run of league fixtures.

Ten Hag is not taking the Europa League calmly and despite the fact that United have been made to sweat greater than they might have preferred, they received three factors ultimately. Rashford specifically ought to have been extra medical, however he might really feel it is higher to overlook possibilities in opposition to Omonia than in opposition to Newcastle on Sunday.

3. Omonia’s back-up goalkeeper has an evening to recollect

A chest harm dominated out Omonia’s No. 1 Fabiano, however in his place Francis Uzoho put in a efficiency of a lifetime.

It hasn’t been a straightforward yr for Uzoho, who was blamed for conceding a objective enjoying for Nigeria in opposition to Ghana in March, which finally led to his nation lacking out on a spot on the World Cup. But when that was a low level, his show at Previous Trafford was precisely the other.

The 23-year-old made an early save dashing out to cease Rashford however that was solely the beginning. He tipped a Casemiro pile driver onto the crossbar, and simply 12 seconds into the second half made an unbelievable double save to disclaim Antony after which Rashford.

Uzoho confronted 34 makes an attempt on objective, 13 of which have been on course, however was solely crushed within the 93rd minute after a scramble within the penalty space. He did not should be on the dropping facet and was so disillusioned on the last whistle that he wanted to be picked off the ground by Omonia’s teaching workers. Nonetheless, it was an evening he will not quickly neglect in entrance of a full home at Previous Trafford and a raucous away assist.

Participant rankings

Man United: De Gea 6, Dalot 6, Malacia 7, Martinez 6, Lindelof 6, Casemiro 7, Fred 6, Fernandes 7, Antony 6, Rashford 7, Ronaldo 6.

Subs: Sancho 6, Shaw 6, Eriksen 6, McTominay 7.

Omonia: Uzoho 9, Yuste 7, Miletic 6, Lang 6, Kitsos 7, Matthews 6, Charalampous 6, Cassama 7, Panagiotou 6, Kakoulli 6, Bruno 6.

Subs: Loizou 6, Papoulis 6, Psaltis 6, Ansarifard 6, Diskerud 6.

Greatest and worst performers

BEST: Francis Uzoho, Omonia Nicosia

He would not have performed had Fabiano been match sufficient to take his place in objective for Omonia however the Nigerian pulled off a string of saves to frustrate United.

WORST: Marcus Rashford, Manchester United

If he had his taking pictures boots with him, the sport would have been over lengthy earlier than McTominay’s injury-time objective.

Highlights and notable moments

Manchester United got here excruciatingly near a objective within the thirty second minute, courtesy of Casemiro.

The Brazilian received the ball outdoors the field and related for a laser strike, but it surely rattled off the crossbar:

After the match: What the gamers and managers stated

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Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)

  • Scott McTominay’s objective (92:26) was the most recent objective by Man United this season in all competitions. It was additionally the most recent by the workforce in European competitors Since Sept. 29, 2021 vs. Villareal (94:15).

Up subsequent

Manchester United: The Purple Devils have a fast turnaround to return to Premier League motion on Sunday, Oct. 16, in opposition to Newcastle. Their subsequent Europa League fixture is on Thursday, Oct. 27 after they host Sheriff Tiraspol at 3 p.m. ET.

Omonia Nicosia: I Basilissa return to Europa League motion on Thursday, Oct. 27 after they host Actual Sociedad at 3 p.m. ET in Cyprus.

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