Before the season was halted on Friday, Manchester United played a one-sided match out in Austria.
The first leg win over LASK was behind closed doors and this enforced decision backfired spectacularly on the home side.
United played out an easy win, although now it is uncertain if will ever mean anything, if the second leg will even be played or if the competition will ever continue.
The 5-0 loss was not an easy one for LASK to take. They were crestfallen after being beaten so heavily.
How they reacted to the loss
Austrian newspaper Krone claimed LASK were expecting to sell 50,000 tickets for the biggest game in the club’s history.
Manager Valerien Ismael told the paper: “The result is too high. But at this level, the opponent simply does not give up.”
United were relentless to the final whistle against LASK, scoring two goals in injury time through Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira.
Ismael added to Krone: “The journey is now over for us.”
Defender Petar Filipović added: “Too bad the whole thing has the character of a test game.”
United too good
The margin of victory will clearly have left LASK with a bitter taste about the whole experience.
They did not handle United well, with their biggest advantage gone with the home crowd.
At the end of the day United were vastly superior, and over two legs in normal circumstances would have proved stronger. That’s hard to dispute.
At the same time its easy to have a bit of sympathy for a team who ultimately just wanted to make a game of it and be competitive.
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