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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

MOROUANE FELLAINI'S LATE STRIKE AIDS UNITED QUALIFICATION


Man United advance to knockout rounds, in spite of performance
That Jose Mourinho felt the need to lift up a basket of drinks bottles and smash it to the floor when Marouane Fellaini scored his stoppage-time winner says everything about how the game went.
Manchester United are into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a game to spare but it was far from comfortable.
This should have been a stroll against a Young Boys side who have not won a European game away from home since 2014. But just as a host of unwanted records beckoned -- longest winless run at Old Trafford in Europe and longest spell without a goal in Europe at home --Fellaini spun in the penalty to shoot into the far corner. A 90-minute showdown with Valencia to see who qualifies from Group H had been avoided. Just. Relief wasn't the right word.
It wouldn't be Man United if there wasn't some sort of struggle and they went in at half-time with the game goalless. No one was surprised, they have only managed four goals in 10 first halves at Old Trafford this season and just two from open play.
Marcus Rashford, picked as the No. 9, should have made it three when he was sent clean through inside five minutes but his clipped finish cleared the crossbar as well as David von Ballmoos in the Young Boys goal.
You can understand why some supporters are staying away and despite tickets going on general sale last week, there were noticeable chunks of empty seats. You know it's bad when the attendance isn't even read out over the loudspeaker.
Fellaini had a chance to make sure the ending wasn't quite so dramatic but his second-half volley ended up in the Stretford End when it should have been nestled in the net.
But just as the groans of frustration from the sparse crowd were getting louder and louder, Fellaini saved United from embarrassment. Cue Mourinho's wild celebration.
That Jose Mourinho felt the need to lift up a basket of drinks bottles and smash it to the floor when Marouane Fellaini scored his stoppage-time winner says everything about how the game went.
Manchester United are into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a game to spare but it was far from comfortable.
This should have been a stroll against a Young Boys side who have not won a European game away from home since 2014.
But just as a host of unwanted records beckoned -- longest winless run at Old Trafford in Europe and longest spell without a goal in Europe at home --Fellaini spun in the penalty to shoot into the far corner. A 90-minute showdown with Valencia to see who qualifies from Group H had been avoided. Just. Relief wasn't the right word.
It wouldn't be Man United if there wasn't some sort of struggle and they went in at half-time with the game goalless. No one was surprised, they have only managed four goals in 10 first halves at Old Trafford this season and just two from open play.
Marcus Rashford, picked as the No. 9, should have made it three when he was sent clean through inside five minutes but his clipped finish cleared the crossbar as well as David von Ballmoos in the Young Boys goal.

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