Game played behind closed doors in Austria as Manchester United cruise to 5-0 victory

Game played behind closed doors in Austria as Manchester United cruise to victory

Juan Mata celebrates scoring for Manchester United against LASK

Manchester United took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 5-0 win against LASK in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

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The game was played to a nearly empty stadium due to concerns about the coronavirus, but the bizarre circumstances did not impact United as Odion Ighalo put them ahead in the 28th minute.

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LASK had a small spell either side of half-time when they troubled United, but Daniel James’ (58) first goal in 32 games quelled any resurgence before Juan Mata (82) slotted home the third.

But the visitors were not done there. Substitutes Mason Greenwood (90+2) and Andreas Pereira (90+3) scored within seconds of one another in added time to compound LASK’s misery and essentially seal United’s path to the quarter-finals with the second leg to come at Old Trafford next Thursday.

United are unbeaten in 11 games and have conceded only twice in that run, as well as registering a second successive 5-0 win in the Europa League.

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