The Red Devils suffered their first defeat in the Europa League this season at the hands of Astana.
Scoreline: Astana 2-1 Man Utd
Goalscorers: Shomko, Bernard (OG) | Lingard
None of the players that started in United’s last match was in the starting XI tonight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed a huge leap of faith by naming a very inexperienced team.
Within ten minutes into the match, Manchester United were able to take the lead. Jesse Lingard, who was wearing the armband for the first time, saw his shot get deflected into the back of the net.
Astana nearly equalized at the 22nd minute. Rotariu fired wide after Beysebekov picked him out in the box. Nevertheless, United went into the half time break with their lead intact.
But United could not protect it for very long. Just five minutes before the hour mark, Roman Murtazayev slid the ball in the path of Dmitri Shomko. The defender made no mistake and slotted the ball past Lee Grant.
Just seven minutes after the equalizer, Astana was able to get on the front foot. But the goalscorer was from Manchester United. Antonio Rukavina fired the ball into the box from the right side. Instead of reaching any of his teammates, the ball fell to Di’Shon Bernard. Bernard’s inexperience showed as the defender, in an attempt to clear the ball away, put it in his own net.