Manchester United set out against Partizan Belgrade with a clear intention: to attack.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got exactly what he asked for as United netted two first half goals.

This was the first time we had scored twice in the first 45 minutes at Old Trafford since January.

Strikes from Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial were followed up in the second half as Marcus Rashford scored.

After that the match turned into a training session, but the first 49 minutes of the game were as well as United have played for a while.

The performance was at odds with a team who had failed to register a shot on target from open play in the last two Europa League games.

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It was summed up by BT Sport host Gary Lineker praising the football on display.

 

Over the past year it has become common for pundits to knock United and willingly criticise, and he realised he was going against the grain by actually praising the performance.

The praise was deserved as goalscorers Greenwood, Martial and Greenwood all impressed as part of an attacking front three.

One of the most encouraging aspects of that was how 18-year-old Greenwood looked like arguably the best of all three and looked totally at home on the big stage at Old Trafford as he played all 90 minutes.

United had 14 shots at goal, seven on target and dominated with 64 per cent of possession. If the team had played with the same intensity after Rashford’s goal then the scoreline could have been far higher.

At the other end it was positive too, Partizan did not even have a shot on target and we have still not conceded a goal in the Europa League.

It was only Partizan, but after some poor unenjoyable performances this season, lets just enjoy this one while we can.

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