Manchester United to repeat history in the Europa League?
It took Manchester United extra time to see off a dogged FC Copenhagen side in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
It was not the prettiest of displays, but none can say that it was undeserved. United were kept at bay for vast portions of the game by an inspired Karl-Johan Johnsson. The Swede made 13 saves in the match as he channelled his inner Lev Yashin.
The breakthrough came in the fifth minute of extra time. Anthony Martial was brought down and United got themselves yet another penalty.
As is the norm now, Bruno Fernandes stepped up and ensured he dispatched the ball with aplomb. It eventually proved to be the winner on a taxing night for the Red Devils.
According to the club’s official site, fans may remember that we had to take a similar route the last time we qualified for the semi-finals in the tournament back in 2017 during Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge.
On that occasion, Marcus Rashford was the hero as his extra-time strike took United to the semifinals.
We went on to win the tournament that year in what still is the last trophy won by the club. Coincidentally, we overcame Celta Vigo in the semifinals onto the showpiece event.
We could face yet another La Liga side in Sevilla, provided they overcome Wolverhampton Wanderers in their quarter-final matchup.
This is United’s third semifinal of the season. The Red Devils came off second best on both the previous occasions. Hopefully, it will prove to be third time lucky for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co.
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United could potentially face off against Italian giants Inter Milan in the showpiece event in Cologne. It will see us square off against three of our former players – Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez.