Match report as devastating Marcus Rashford helps spare United’s blushes against Cypriot minnows; Neil Lennon’s aspect made United sweat when Karim Ansarifard struck first in Group E encounter
Manchester United averted an embarrassing defeat to Omonia Nicosia courtesy of a second-half comeback to win 3-2 in the Europa League after being at the back of at the break.
Omonia Nicosia – fourth in the Cypriot league and managed by using former Celtic boss Neil Lennon – went in 1-0 to the accurate at half-time after a speedy wreck following a Manchester United nook ended with Karim Ansarifard scoring.
Erik ten Haag, who picked a strong aspect including Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro, reacted by bringing on Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw and it was Rashford that began the comeback with a cool end before fellow substitute Anthony Martial struck the visitors in front.
Rashford made it 3-1 to cap an impressive individual showing before Nikolas Panayiotou intended United had to continue to be switched on in the closing degrees after narrowing the deficit.
Ronaldo looked determined to impress however his 700th career aim avoided him on a irritating night for him, culminating in a jaw-dropping miss that hit the post despite the goal gaping from six yards out.