Arse­nal crush Frank­furt Green­wood Spares Manch­ester United The Blushes

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Paris: Last sea­son’s run­ners-up Arse­nal romped to an im­pres­sive 3-0 vic­tory at Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt in their Eu­ropa League opener on Thurs­day as Ma­son Green­wood spared Manch­ester United’s blushes and Rangers got the bet­ter of Feyeno­ord.

On a night which fea­tured five Bri­tish clubs in ac­tion, Unai Emery’s much-changed side en­joyed the best re­sult of all with young­sters Joe Wil­lock and Bukayo Saka scor­ing in Ger­many. In be­tween, Do­minik Kohr was sent off for last sea­son's beaten semi-fi­nal­ists Frank­furt, and Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang made sure of the win for Arse­nal in the Group ‘F’ clash.

“Ev­ery­body can be happy and con­tin­u­ing in this com­pe­ti­tion is im­por­tant, so it was good to get a good win, espe­cially away from home,” said Emery.

Their next game will be at home to Stan­dard Liege, who beat Vi­to­ria Guimaraes 2-0 on Thurs­day.

At Old Traf­ford, United had teenager Green­wood to thank as the 17year-old’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over As­tana of Kaza­khstan in Group ‘L’. Green­wood be­came the youngest goalscorer for United in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion with a com­posed fin­ish 17 min­utes from time.

Vic­tory jus­ti­fied Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s de­ci­sion to make nine changes from Saturday’s Premier League win over Le­ices­ter City with a host of young­sters given their chance to im­press.

“You could see some of our lads needed games but it’s pleas­ing we got the three points,” Sol­sk­jaer said.

Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers were un­able to make it three wins out of three for Premier League clubs as they slumped to a 1-0 home de­feat against Braga at Mo­lineux.

Ri­cardo Horta’s se­cond-half goal gave the Por­tuguese club all three points in Group ‘K’ and it was a dis­ap­point­ing night for a Wolves team who are still with­out a win in the Premier League this sea­son.

Else­where, Sevilla, who won the Eu­ropa League three years run­ning from 2014 to 2016, beat Qarabag 3-0 in Azer­bai­jan in Group ‘A’ with Javier Her­nan­dez get­ting their open­ing goal.



Ma­son Green­wood (L) scores Manch­ester United’s de­cid­ing goal against As­tana in a Eu­ropa League match at Old Traf­ford on Thurs­day

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