Wednesday, July 24

United crash out of Champions League at Leipzig

RB Leipzig sent Manchester United home from the Champions League after beating English outfit 3-2 in the final match of the group.

The team of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer entered the match, requiring at least a point to progress to the round of 16. But the hopes of qualification dampened as Angelino beat David De Gea with a fine finish at the far post in the second minute.

Soon after, Angelino turned supplier as the Bundesliga side doubled their advantage. Amadou Haidara smashed a volley home and take Leipzig to a 2-0 lead they would take at half-time in the dressing room.

Solskjær switched to 4-2-3-1 for the second half. He replaced Alex Telles, with Donny van de Beek at left midfield, and his team got on to the front foot. Fernandes’ shot hit the crossbar early on.

At the hour mark, Leipzig’s Willi Orban had a goal disallowed due to VAR, and it was a huge let-off for the English side. It was the prompt for Leipzig to go up to the other end and score the third. Justin Kluivert did just that. He capitalized on a horrendous error from defender Harry Maguire to dink the ball over David De Gea to make it 3-0.

Hungarian custodian Pete Gulacsi was kept busy saving efforts from McTominay, Greenwood, and Fernandes. With fifteen minutes remaining, United got a lifeline when Greenwood was bundled in the box by Nordi Mukiele. Bruno Fernandes stepped up and sent Gulacsi the wrong way to give them a glimmer of hope. A few minutes later, Paul Pogba added a second from a corner. With the final whistle game ended 3-2 and Manchester United were out of Champions League.

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