A predictable evening ended up with a slim win for Manchester United as they beat LASK 2-1 at Old Trafford. A very poor spell of football from the home side saw the away team take the lead with Philipp Wiesinger’s impressive strike. Just over 90 seconds following that goal, Jesse Lingard made the best out of heaps of space to equalize.
In the end, Anthony Martial had to be brought on to settle the win and the French forward did so with an easy late goal. Here are the Red Devils that stood out in a largely lethargic outing:
1. Jesse Lingard
For the amount of criticism that was hurled at him, Lingard appeared to respond very well. This goal is now his second one in two games and was a crucial and confident equalizer.
In fact, many would have expected the player to carry on until the full-time whistle and the 27-year-old was himself disappointed when he was subbed off right when he appeared to be getting into his mojo.
2. Anthony Martial
It is quite telling of the performance of the starting lineup when an 84th-minute substitute provides a talking point. The Frenchman was all smiles following his deft goal, his 23rd one, which now takes him to the top of the goal-scorers chart for the club this season.
Of course, Marcus Rashford will be eager for Monday to turn that around.
3. Sergio Romero
Even though the Argentinian goalkeeper was beaten at Old Trafford for the first time in Europe this campaign, his saves were remarkable. One that arrived in the final seconds of the game saved Ole Gunnar Solskjær and company some face, ensuring the win. One now does wonder yet again how things would have differed in the FA Cup had he been started instead of David De Gea against Chelsea.
Lastly, a mention has to be made of Juan Mata who was technically the most impactful player on the pitch with both his assists. However, apart from those passes, the Spaniard was quite poor and his performance was one that echoed United’s who simply couldn’t function well with that final pass and lacked the chemistry and wavelength to mine more goals from the fixture.