Manchester United fans react to Tahith Chong's miss versus Astana

A youthful Manchester United side gave up a half time lead and lost 2-1 in the Europa League against Astana.

A first half cruise turned into a second half disappointment for the youngest side United have ever fielded in European competition.

Tatith Chong started the match on the wing but despite playing against a side whose domestic season finished 18 days ago, he could not make any headway even as United dominated possession before and after falling from behind.

On 53 minutes, Chong missed an absolute sitter, an open goal from a Luke Shaw cross and Astana went down the other end and equalised 38 seconds later.

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That was a harsh lesson for Chong but again he did not show anywhere near enough to prove he has anything to add to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options.

He has been highly rated for a number of years but the hype is wearing away with every passing failed audition and the United fans on Twitter were not impressed.

One said he has no future at the club and while anyone can miss a chance, it’s his all-round game, lacking invention, speed and end product which is most concerning.

There has been talk that Chong will run down his contract and make a summer move but on this evidence, he would not be missed at Old Trafford.
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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.