Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Manchester United 2 – Athletic Bilbao 3 (Europa League, Match 8, 2012) (Alternative highlights) Wayne Rooney tapped United ahead in the 23rd minute after Hernandez had seen a shot saved by Iraizoz, but Bilbao levelled when Fernando Llorente headed in a 42nd minute cross as the home defence were caught out napping. Bilbao took the lead midway through the second half when a superb passing attack ended with Oscar De Marcos (offside?) tucking away a super pass from Herrera. Athletic teenager Iker Muniain fired the Spaniards 3-1 ahead after he embarrassed a dozy Rafael by scoring at the back post, but just when a disastrous night seemed to be falling on Old Trafford a Wayne Rooney penalty kept the tie very much alive.