United are three and easy as Wolves win late

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Ma­son Green­wood, An­thony Mar­tial and Mar­cus Rash­ford net­ted fine goals as Manch­ester United beat Par­ti­zan Bel­grade to seal their place in the Europa League knock­out phase with two games to spare.

Hav­ing seen a three­match win­ning run come to a dis­ap­point­ing halt at Bournemout­h at the week­end, Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side ral­lied and se­cured a com­pre­hen­sive Group L vic­tory un­der the lights at Old Traf­ford.

Classy goals by Green­wood, Mar­tial and Rash­ford gave free-flow­ing United a de­served 3-0 vic­tory last night, en­sur­ing progress to the Europa League round of 32 with games against As­tana and AZ Alk­maar still to play.

Sol­sk­jaer can now ex­per­i­ment and rest key play­ers in those fix­tures – a boost with the en­er­gys­ap­ping 6,000-mile re­turn trip to freez­ing Kaza­khstan loom­ing large later this month.

United mid­fielder Juan Mata said af­ter­wards: “We needed a game like this, play­ing good foot­ball, scor­ing in the first half, en­joy­ing our­selves.

“We are look­ing to fin­ish first now. We are do­ing OK in Eu­ro­pean com­pe­ti­tion and we want to im­prove in the league.”

Mean­while, Wolves took a step to­wards qual­i­fy­ing af­ter Raul Jimenez struck in in­jury time to de­feat Slo­van Bratislava at Mo­lineux.

It looked like Nuno Es­pir­ito Santo’s side would be frus­trated by a su­perb goal­keep­ing dis­play by Do­minik Greif, who in­cluded a Ruben Neves penalty save at the start of the sec­ond half among his hero­ics.

How­ever, his re­sis­tance was fi­nally bro­ken when Mex­ico at­tacker Jimenez headed home Adama Traore’s cross to give Wolves a 1-0 vic­tory.

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