Man United 3-0 FK Partizan: Rashford leads United into knockout stage in dominant win

Man United 3-0 FK Partizan: Rashford leads United into knockout stage in dominant win

Manchester United booked their place in the knock out stage of the Europa League with two matches to spare, following a comfortable 3-0 win over FK Partizan at Old Trafford on Thursday night. 

Two beautiful goals from Mason Greenwood and Antony Martial in the first half set united to a two-nil lead going into the break, with Marcus Rasford adding a third in the second half.

United off to a spectacular start

United controlled the match from start to finish and easily won the tie without ever moving out of second gear.

They sent warning shots early on, with Marcus Rashford's shot on the seventh minute going inches wide after a beautiful cross inside the box. 

Partizan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic was called into action two minutes later, denying Rashford with a nice block. 

United kept knocking and were rewarded on the 22nd minute after Rashford beautifully found Mason Greenwood inside the box, who rifled a shot into the bottom right corner for the lead. 

Ten minutes later, Anthony Martial made it two with a solo goal from inside the box, as United continued enjoying tremendous possession with little resistance from their opponents. 

United came close twice to extending their lead through Rashford and Martial, but the visitors held on with the keeper, in particular, keeping United at bay.

Superb United performance 

Ole Gunnar's men picked the second half from where they left off in the first and were 3-0 up just four minutes after the restart. 

Marcus Rashford found himself some space inside the box to get on the end of a pass from Ashley Young, then sent the ball into the top left corner in spectacular fashion. 

Five minutes later, Rashford wasted a golden chance to make it four as goalkeeper Stojkovic quickly got off his line to block the England international as he went for goal.

With three points in the bag and a qualification ticket in the pocket, United got their foot off the pedal after the third goal and were happy to dictate play from midfield. 

Ole Gunnar made a couple of changes, with Scott McTominay limping off the pitch, as Fred paved way for Garner. 

Andreas Pereira too was thrown into the mix in place of the lively Marcus Rashford, with the Brighton match in Ole's mind.

United moved back to the top of the group with the win on 10 points, two ahead of AZ Alkmaar in second.