Astana 2-1 Manchester United: Solskjaer’s youngsters suffer defeat in Kazakhstan
As Astana came from a goal down to sabotage the side’s first defeat in Europa League Group L., manchester United’s kids were taught a difficult lesson
Together with the visitors with already qualified for the last 32, director Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spared his older players that the 6,000-mile round-trip to Kazakhstan, took a group filled with academy scholars and chose an XI with a normal age of 21.6 years – that the youngest fielded in Western competition.
Jesse Lingard, the oldest of captain at night and these in 26, gave United a guide when Nenad Eric left corner was discovered by his low-angled hit. It ended up being goal drought.
Tahith Chong must have made it 2-0 after the separation, but astonishingly scooped over from six yards using an empty net in front of him. United conceded their first objective of the group point when the tumultuous drive of Dmitriy Shomko beat the reach of Lee Grant.
When Antonio Rukavina’s cross went in off the body of Di’Shon Bernard, another blow was delivered by six-time Kazakh champions shortly.
United responded positively producing two fantastic saves to deny Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood, however from recording their first set win of this year they failed to protect against the Kazakh champions.
The Premier League side host club AZ Alkmaar in their final match on 12 December.
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Goalkeepers: Lee Grant (36), Matej Kovar (19).
Defenders: Max Taylor (19), Luke Shaw (24), Axel Tuanzebe (22), Teden Mengi (17), Di’Shon Bernard (19), Ethan Laird (18).
Midfielder: Dylan Levitt (19), Ethan Galbraith (18), Arnau Puigmal (18), James Garner (18), Jesse Lingard (26), Tahith Chong (19), Angel Gomes (19).
Forwards: Largie Ramazani (19), D’Mani Bughail-Mellor (19), Mason Greenwood (18).