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Manchester United vs Omonia – 3-2 Win

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Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial‘s substitutes prevented Manchester United from embarrassing Omonia Nicosia. Erik ten Hag sorely needed substitutions after Karim Ansarifard’s outstanding goal-scoring effort put his team down a goal at the half. Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford were brought in for Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia, who had disastrous first halves, and the rest is history. The former scored his side’s equalizer in less than 10 minutes, and he also contributed to the other two goals the Red Devils would score. Anthony Martial was also added to the action, and shortly after entering the game, he teamed with another substitution to put Manchester United in front.

The third goal was scored by Rashford at the back post after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th club career goal quest continued as the game got underway. Rashford had an open net at his disposal and touched in one of his shots. Following all of that, the guests began to panic as they gave the hosts a sliver of hope. In the 85th minute, Nikolas Panayiotou scored, but Manchester United was able to hold on for a crucial win.

The Performing Side:

Marcus Rashford: This season, the 24-year-old continues to have something of a comeback for Manchester United. After taking a break, he replaced Jadon Sancho on the field at halftime and nearly single-handedly altered the outcome of the match. He brought his team back on equal terms with a superb strike into the far corner less than 10 minutes after coming on. Another ten minutes later, he switched roles, giving Martial a great flick before scoring his second goal of the game with a straightforward tap-in of Ronaldo’s cross-corner shot.

Anthony Martial: Talking about the Frenchman, he was another player who blazed during the contest. In the 61st minute, he took the position of Fernandes, and in the 63rd minute, he scored a stunning goal. Like Rashford, he recently gave his Manchester United career some much-needed life, as he continued his streak of contributing to a goal in each game he has played this season. He has three goals and one assist in just over 100 minutes of Premier League and Europa League games.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The 37-year-old is still searching for the 700th club goal of his career, but it was his most complete game of the year. His teammates benefited from his better link-up play and his runs, particularly the one that opened up space for Rashford to score the equalizer. Although Ronaldo should have scored at least once, his performance nonetheless showed that he is still capable of playing a significant part in a dynamic attacking line-up. As the season progresses, Ten Hag may find a lot of value in his pairing and relationship with Rashford.

The Losing Side:

Jadon Sancho: He couldn’t have had a more miserable evening. He struggled to make an impact in the first half, assisted Malacia for the game’s opening goal, and was substituted by goal-scoring Rashford at the break. Despite a few goals this season, life at Old Trafford hasn’t exactly gotten off to a great start. Supporters of United are still waiting for their (considerable) investment in the 22-year-old from last year to pay off.

Tyrell Malacia: A rare blemish on the rookie left-otherwise back’s rather solid record this evening. He was largely invisible going forward and he made a critical mistake that could have ended badly for Manchester United. In the end, goals from Rashford and Martial in the second half saved him, but it is inexcusable to make a costly error like that against a team like Omonia. Thankfully, Ten Hag removed him from the spotlight at halftime.

Hag’s selection: The game was improved by his replacements, but his choice to start a very capable squad backfired. The Manchester United manager would have hoped for an early conclusion of the game so he could rest his players ahead of the Premier League match on Sunday night. That wasn’t the case at all, and he had to bolster his team from the bench in order for them to secure a crucial victory. Although the victory was significant, it will still worry many how difficult it appeared the visitors had it against their Cypriot adversaries.

The Defensive Side:

David de Gea: Despite avoiding the ball from his net twice, he only managed one save all night. Couldn’t really do much for either goal, but that’s the nature of the goalkeeping trade.

Diogo Dalot: An adequate but unspectacular performance. He was seen exhibiting strong defense when necessary and even gave his countryman Ronaldo a golden opportunity that he regardless failed to take.

Victor Lindelof: Similar to Dalot, he performed what he needed to do but was still a part of the defense that allowed two goals to significantly inferior opponents.

Lisandro Martinez: I think the best defender for Manchester United. His defending was as intense and well-timed as usual, and his passing through the lines was astonishing.

Tyrell Malacia: After a rather promising beginning to live at United, the teenager had a bad evening. His lack of judgment allowed the hosts to rob the ball and score the first goal. He was later changed at halftime.

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Salman Shaikh
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