Manchester United win EL match 4-1 Fenerbahce

Paul Pogba scores opening goal for Manchester United from penalty spot in Europa League clash


Manchester United 4-1 Fenerbahce

Manchester United have won one and lost one of their opening two Group A Europa League matches.

The world’s most expensive football player, Frenchman Paul Pogba, featured for Manchester United in their Group A Europa League battle with Turkish side Fenerbahoe at Old Trafford. Pogba rewarded his manager’s decision to play him in the midfield alongside Michael Carrick by scoring a brace.

Robin van Persie returned to score at his former stomping ground – Old Trafford as he faced his old team Manchester United in their Europa League clash with Fenerbahce, along with ex-Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. In advance of the match, Van Persie reportedly asked his manager who formerly coached Sunderland, Dick Advocaat, to be selected to feature in the game. 

Former Manchester United striker van Persie scored for Fenerbahce on his return to Old Trafford and was given a standing ovation by Red Devil fans. Dutchman Van Persie scored from Emmanuel Emenike’s cross to net a late consolation goal for Fenerbahce in their 4-1 loss.

A smiling Robin van Persie greeted all his former team-mates with a warm handshake, especially former strike partner Wayne Rooney who got a hug. Van Persie has a few grey hairs but his left foot is still lethal, starting on his own up front rather than playing in a a deep as he customarily does.

Skipper Wayne Rooney got the nod to start for United, playing in a three behind loan striker Anthony Martial alongside Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic watched the game from the substitutes bench.

After the crucial victory, Paul Pogba was asked about taking the penalty kick.

“We wanted that win it was very important to go top of the group and now we’re looking forward for the next game,” said Pogba. “It’s Wazza or myself but I told him that ‘yeah i wanted to take it’ and he let me so I’m very happy to score that penalty and from a player like him, Wayne Rooney, to let me take the penalty is a big respect so I’m very glad for that. I feel comfortable with all the team and we’re just at the start of the season, still we have a long way to go and we just want to do our best and go top of the league.”

Man United boss Jose Mourinho said in his postmatch comments that Paul Pogba was the no.1 penalty taker before the game.

“The first penalty taker was Paul we made that decision and then probably he didn’t want to repeat probably because it is just minutes later and Martial was the one who had the previous action and is a good penalty taker.” 

The Portuguese manager said he is fine with his players changing who takes the spot kicks on the pitch.


Manchester United

De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Lingard, Martial Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Fellaini, Memphis, Ibrahimovic, Rashford


Volkan, Sener, Kjaer, Skrtel, Hasan Ali, Neustadter, Josef, Topal, Alper, Sen, Van Persie Subs: Fabiano, Koybasi Civelek, Emenike, Koca, Stoch

Seen in the stands were Sir Alex Ferguson, former Man United manager and Sam Allardyce, former England manager enjoying the perfect night for Red Devil’s fans.

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Scary Martin Skrtel, Fenerbahce and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, compete for the ball

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