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Man United's front three find the target as they cruise into next round

Goals by teenager Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford sealed United’s progression.

Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Image: Dave Thompson

MANCHESTER UNITED ARE through to the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare after brushing aside Partizan 3-0 at Old Trafford.

Goals by teenager Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford within 49 minutes sealed United’s progression in what was a sharp display by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side.

Knowing a win would be enough to see them through – courtesy of a better head-to-head record against Partizan in Group L – United wasted little time in asserting their authority, with Mason Greenwood capping a dominant start in the 21st minute.

Martial added a magnificent second soon after, with Rashford, who had been wasteful in the first half, making it 3-0 shortly after the restart as United cruised into the round of 32 with two matches to spare.

Martial and Partizan’s Umar Sadiq both had goals disallowed for offside in the opening five minutes, before Rashford drilled wide from 10 yards out.

Rashford had another opportunity three minutes later, only for Vladimir Stojkovic to rush out and deny the England forward, but Greenwood made no such mistake.

Having benefitted from some dreadful Partizan marking, Greenwood kept his cool to slot beyond Stojkovic after setting himself from Rashford’s neat pass.

United were two ahead just after the half hour – Martial prodding in an excellent finish after driving through Partizan’s defence with some sublime footwork.

Rashford finally found his shooting boots after the restart, slamming home a brilliant first-time finish from Ashley Young’s cushioned touch.

Young almost went from provider to scorer with a terrific free-kick moments later, his strike glancing the side netting before Fred drew a fine stop out of Stojkovic.

A fine night for United was blemished with 15 minutes remaining – Scott McTominay forced off through injury – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be able to reflect on a job well done at Old Trafford.

- Omni

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