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Five talking points from Astana 2-1 Manchester United

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Manchester United’s youngsters fell to a 2-1 defeat against Astana during Thursday night’s Europa League clash.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bravely gave his senior players a rest for the trip to Kazakhstan as Manchester United looked to seal top spot Group L by beating Astana in the Europa League.

The Norwegian’s gamble looked to have paid dividends when Jesse Lingard’s deflected strike fired United into a 10th-minute lead. They continued to dominate right until the half-time whistle.

But Astana returned from the break as an almost completely different side. The much-improved hosts began to pile the pressure on United before Dmitri Shomko’s 55th-minute equaliser.

Then Di’Shon Bernard’s unfortunate own goal seven minutes wrapped up a surprise win for Roman Hryhorchuk’s men.

Now we’ll look at the five main talking points of the Red Devils’ 2-1 defeat in Kazakhstan.