Manchester United bounced back from being hammered in the Manchester derby by beating Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League.
Here are five things we learned as Manchester United beat Omonia Nicosia 3-2 at the GSP Stadium…
Things learned as Manchester United Omonia Nicosia
Flashbacks of Basaksehir
The way Manchester United conceded against the Cypriot side screamed parallels of the way we fell behind against Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League two years ago.
Back in November 2020, it was former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba who benefitted from United’s shambolic defending.
This time around it was Karim Ansarifard who punished Tyrell Malacia getting caught in possession in a matter of seconds of us taking a corner.
The former Feyenoord man wasn’t helped by Jadon Sancho’s somewhat hospital pass, but it was nothing short of schoolboy at how the hosts cut apart the Red Devils.
Mixed night for England hopefuls
With the clock ticking on Sancho and Rashford’s World Cup hopes, the pair have to make every game count in their quest to impress Three Lions Gareth Southgate.
It seems that Rashford is in the driving seat to force his way into the 26-man squad for Qatar ahead of his United teammate.
Sancho was hooked at half-time against Omonia and within minutes of replacing United’s number 25, Rashford drew the Reds level with a clinical finish before tapping home a Cristiano Ronaldo shot to score his second.
Inspired substitutions by Ten Hag
The 52-year-old got his changes spot on against Neil Lennon’s side, and the former Ajax boss will no doubt be delighted with the telling contributions his subs made.
After Rashford drew us level, Anthony Martial made an instant impact and put Ten Hag’s side in front after replacing captain Bruno Fernandes.
Luke Shaw, who like against Manchester City, replaced Malacia at half-time linked up well with Rashford, and he’ll be hoping for a start against Everton on Sunday with Malacia struggling in the last two games.
Important win in battle for top spot
With group leaders Real Sociedad leading in Sheriff, Manchester United were six points behind the La Liga side at once stage tonight.
The comeback win against the Cypriots means that United stay three points behind Sociedad with three group stage games remaining.
In the Europa League, the top side progresses automatically to the knockout stage of the competition next year, while the runners-up meet a third-placed team from the Champions League in a play-off.
Wait for 700th career club goal goes on for Cristiano Ronaldo
It was just one of those nights for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but United’s number seven looked sharp in Cyprus.
His best chance came when Diogo Dalot squared the ball to him from a couple of yards out, but the 37-year-old’s effort came crashing back off the post.
Having started the last three Europa League games, Ronaldo will be hoping to start against Everton on Sunday.