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de­mo­li­tion job main­tained United’s 100 per cent start to the Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign and con­sol­i­dated their po­si­tion at the top of Group A.

The Reds have 29 goals in nine games this cam­paign, and de­fender Chris Smalling reck­ons there is more to come. He said: “That was our best first half of the sea­son. We are show­ing that we can adapt, change for­ma­tion and play in dif­fer­ent ways. This is what we are about. That’s a big step to­wards qual­i­fy­ing.”

The win equalled United’s big­gest Euro­pean tri­umph un­der Mour­inho, fol­low­ing a 4-0 tri­umph over Feyeno­ord in the Europa League last sea­son en route to lift­ing the tro­phy.

United flew straight back after the game to pre­pare for another very winnable match, the visit of the Pre­mier League’s bot­tom club Crys­tal Palace.

BIG HAND Smalling

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