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Omonia vs Manchester United - Europa League match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Marcus Rashford proved the star of the show on Thursday, as United returned to winning ways


Match report

Premier League giants Manchester United got their form firmly back on track on Thursday evening, courtesy of a crucial victory on the continent.

The Red Devils, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Fresh off a 6-3 drubbing at the hands of derby rivals Man City in their post-international break return at the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s troops made the trip to Cyprus, for a Europa League group stage meeting with Neil Lennon’s Omonia.

United headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to take all three points, a point of view only reinforced upon the club’s strong starting XI being unveiled ahead of kick-off:

In turn, pulses were set racing across the Reds’ fanbase just beyond the half-hour mark, upon Karim Ansarifard putting the evening’s hosts in front courtesy of a fine near post finish:

A half-time change on the part of boss Ten Hag, though, soon proved the catalyst for a timely turnaround on the part of the evening’s visitors.

After replacing the ineffective Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford dragged Man United level early in the 2nd-half, courtesy of a fine right-footed finish:

And the England international turned provider a short time later, in teeing up fellow substitute Anthony Martial’s go-ahead strike:

There was even time for Rashford to add his 2nd of the night, too, latching onto a Cristiano Ronaldo cross/shot across the face of goal five minutes from time.

Hosts Omonia, to their credit, did manage to pull one back just moments later, but, upon the final whistle sounding in Nicosia, it proved little more than a consolation in a 3-2 victory for Manchester United.

Player ratings

Omonia

Fabiano - 5.5

Adam Matthews - 5

Nemanja Miletic - 5

Hector Yuste - 5.5

Adam Lang - 5

Jan Lecjaks - 5.5

Mix Diskerud - 4.5

Charalampos Charalampous - 6

Brandon Barker - 5.5

Bruno Felipe - 5

Karim Ansarifard - 6.5

Subs:

Nikolas Panagiotou - 6

Manchester United

David de Gea - 5

Diogo Dalot - 6.5

Victor Lindelof - 6

Lisandro Martinez - 7

Tyrell Malacia - 4.5

Casemiro - 5.5

Christian Eriksen - 6.5

Bruno Fernandes - 6

Antony - 5

Jadon Sancho - 4

Cristiano Ronaldo - 4.5

Subs:

Luke Shaw - 5.5

Marcus Rashford - 9

Anthony Martial - 7.5

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