LASK 0-5 Man United: Solskjaer's boys run riot in Austria to put one foot in quarters | Nigeria
LASK 0-5 Man United: Solskjaer's boys run riot in Austria to put one foot in quarters

LASK 0-5 Man United: Solskjaer's boys run riot in Austria to put one foot in quarters

Manchester United took a giant step towards a Europa League quarter-final appearance following a 5-0 win away to LASK in the first leg of the last 16 on Thursday night.

A goal from Odion Ighalo halfway through the first half gave United a 1-0 lead going into the break, with Daniel James and Juan Mata adding a goal each, before Andreas Perreira and Mason Greenwood scored late into added time to add gloss to the scoreline. 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a couple of changes to the side that beat Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday, with only Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James and Fred retained. 

Odion Ighalo got his third start in a United shirt, and there were starts for Eric Bailly, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata and Sergio Romero.


It was a quiet affair in Austria in the opening 20 minutes, with the only clear chance falling to Juan Mata on the 18th minute. 

First, Ighalo played a cross into the area from the left, but Mata skewed his kick and the hosts cleared. United, however, kept possession and Fernandes found Mata in the box, but the Spaniard's goal-bound shot was deflected for a corner. 

Three minutes later the visitors once again went out for another attack, this time Mata laying it beautifully for Daniel James, whose hard-hit shot was saved expertly by the keeper. 

Scott McTominay then headed the resulting corner inches wide as the hosts survived yet again.

United could not be stopped for long though as they broke the deadlock on the 28th minute as Fernandes found Ighalo just outside the box and the Nigerian unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to make it 0-1. 

The hosts then got their first open attack on the 41st minute, but Bailly was well-placed to make a timely block and deny them a shot on target as the United led going into the break. 

Second half 

The hosts started the second period on the front foot, but it was United who got the first sight of goal as McTominay tried his luck from distance on the 57th minute but his shot was blocked. 

A minute later it was United who doubled their lead, Daniel James ending his 32-match run without a goal with a nice finish to give his side a 2-0 lead.

Ighalo almost added a third on the 63rd minute but his shot, with the goalkeeper beaten, hit the post and was cleared. 

United suffered a scare after defender Bailly went down clutching his groin on the 72nd minute, but he was on his feet after some moments with the medical team. 

The hosts called for a penalty on the 80th minute but play was allowed to continue after a VAR check.

A minute later United scored their third when Fred combined well with Mata, and the Spaniard beautifully beat the keeper for a 3-0 lead.

Mason Greenwood, however, added a fourth for United moments after coming on, and Andreas Perreira wrapped it up with a fifth with virtually the last kick of the match. 

Despite seeing plenty of play in the last minutes, LASK could not find a goal of their own and will now have a huge task of overturning a five-goal deficit.