Mason Greenwood's first Manchester United goal earns win over Astana

Mason Greenwood's first Manchester United goal earns win over Astana
Source: BBC
Date: 19-09-2019 Time: 11:09:50:pm
Mason Greenwood does not turn 18 for another two weeks but he deserved the man-of-the-match accolade for his quality finish alone

Teenager Mason Greenwood's first senior goal ensured Manchester United made a winning start to their Europa League campaign against Astana at Old Trafford.

On a night the 17-year-old will never forget and with the visitors from Kazakhstan threatening to hold out for a draw, Greenwood produced a clever finish in front of the Stretford End to become United's youngest scorer in Europe.

Earlier, Brazil midfielder Fred hit the bar from 25 yards before forcing a fine save from a free-kick, while England forward Marcus Rashford wasted a string of chances against the European minnows, who did not register a shot on target.

But frustration turned to celebration when Greenwood, who has been at United since the age of six, popped up with the winner.

Even after his goal, a much-changed United continued to waste chances.

Diogo Dalot blazed over from close range after Nenad Eric had kept out substitute Jesse Lingard's thunderous attempt.

In the other game in the Group L, Partizan Belgrade drew 2-2 with AZ Alkmaar.