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A Greenwood beauty gives Man United the win vs Astana

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With a spectacular solo goal from Mason Greenwood, Man United got the first Europa League victory against Astana at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself predicted what would happen, Mason Greenwood scored on his UEFA Europa League debut against Astana on Thursday.

It takes a legendary striker such as the Norwegian to recognize this type of talent, Mason has been training hard since he started his journey with Manchester United’s manager.

Today, the match was complicated because Ole chose to play with several youngsters who need to have participation like today.

The gaffer lined up Marcus Rashford as the “veteran” from the squad in front, he played the number ’10’ with youngsters Chong and Gomes.

But the biggest inclusion was Mason Greenwood, this lad is only 17 years of age and he made his debut in this competition.

Solskjaer praised the kid right before the game with some added pressure to his words, he knew that this was an ideal test for Mason to take on.

When asked about him, the gaffer dared to say that he was one of the best finishers he’s ever laid eyes on throughout his life.

This is a big compliment coming from one of Manchester United’s historic strikers, Mason’s challenge was set in stone from that moment forward.

The kid got his first start against Astana, scoring a goal would allow him to make history at the Red Devils.

The match itself was quite difficult for United, they weren’t able to finish most of their chances as most of the players lack the accuracy needed for games like this.

But so many chances would eventually bring a moment of brilliance from one of the younger players, who were being captained by Nemanja Matic for the first time in his career.

The key moment of the game didn’t come until the final 20 minutes, when Manchester United amped up the high pressure and went all in for the result.

At around the 73rd minute, Mason took a ball on the right flank and created himself a space that allowed him to release a potent shot to the far corner.

It was a beautiful goal that Greenwood just scored for United, it was also the match-winner against Astana.

This goal is special on so many levels not just for the kid, but for the Red Devils as well.

Greenwood became the youngest player to score a goal in European competitions for Manchester United.

He also became the first player born after the year 2000 to score a goal for the Red Devils in Europe.

Such an unforgettable night for the lad, who also scored an impressive goal for his young age.

Solskjaer was thrilled for Mason after the game.

The manager gave his impressions about Mason’s magical night and the rest of the young players who had their opportunity.

“In and around the box he’s one of the best finishers we’ve got and I’m happy he got his goal. I’m sure he’ll go home tonight and be happy with that one,” said Ole after the match.

“He’s a natural finisher and he’s confident in front of goal. He is able to go inside and finish with his left foot as we saw in the first half.”

“He’s able to go outside and finish with his right, like in the second half. It’s a great attribute to have, to be not 50-50 but 60-60, because he’s better than 100 percent.”

“If you want to make it as a Manchester United player, you have to handle the atmosphere, that’s for sure.”

“It’s not an easy place to make your debut in a game like this when you don’t get a goal, but Mason won us the game so we’re very pleased for him.”

“I thought Angel [Gomes] did well, [Tahith] Chong also showed glimpses, so they’ll be better for it.”

“We think today was a great opportunity for them. We wouldn’t throw them in if we didn’t feel they were ready.”

“You can still see they need game time. You get your rhythm when you play a game every week. Some of them won’t play against West Ham and then they’ll play against Rochdale next week.“

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