Man Utd invited Astana to the Theatre of Dreams from Kazakhstan, as the newly formed club expected to depart after an embarrassing defeat. Instead, the Red Devils left with an embarrassing victory, only managing to put one goal past the visitors.
Usually, fans will be vocal and vibrant after a European victory. But these circumstances differ. Man Utd fans, who failed to fill the stadium due to a lack of interest in Europa League football, were left with heads hanging low as if they’d suffered defeat.
Fans on Twitter have had their say about the lack of goal-scoring ability in the entire squad.
Performances from individuals have also been assessed. Man Utd fans are displeased with the results and decisions in a game that Man City would have won by five.
Perhaps the players gazing up at the empty stands played a role in the team’s performance. But this is entirely due to the squad themselves, Man Utd fans don’t expect or deserve Europa League football.
But, amongst all the negativity of bad performances, poor recruitment, amateur tactics and amateur competitions, Mason Greenwood was the beacon of hope who grabbed the three points they didn’t necessarily deserve.
Fred, Dalot and Tuanzebe are all players fans want to see do well, and they certainly were the best of a fairly bad bunch on the night. But Man Utd have a lot of work to do to win the Europa League with the side Solskjaer put out against Astana.