New Manchester United signing Odion Ighalo scored his first
goal for the club as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men breezed past 10-man Club Brugge
in the Europa League.
Anthony Martial saved United's blushes on a wet and windy
night in Belgium last week, with his away goal securing a 1-1 draw that gave
his side the upper hand heading into the second leg of the round-of-32 fixture.
A muscle injury sustained on the eve of the game meant the
France international missed the return fixture, but Ighalo proved an able
deputy by scoring in-between Fernandes and Scott McTominay goals on a night
when Fred's brace wrapped up a comprehensive 5-0 win.
United progressed to the last 16 with a 6-1aggregate
victory - an outcome Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement feared ahead of
the match, admitting his absentee-hit side needed "something bigger than a
miracle" to go through.
The incline on that uphill battle got even steeper midway
through the first half when defender Simon Deli received his marching orders
for inexplicably denying Daniel James' strike with a one-handed save.
Fernandes coolly converted the resulting penalty after a
four-and-a-half-minute wait caused by a surprising, and unsuccessful, VAR
review, with deadline-day signing Ighalo quickly compounding matters when
tapping in to open his account.
Fernandes was involved in that move, just as the midfielder
was when collecting possession before McTominay struck on his first start since
injuring his knee on Boxing Day.
United took their foot off the gas in the second half and
the Portuguese was replaced by Jesse Lingard, who laid off for Fred to net his
first goal of the season before the Brazil midfielder completed the rout with
another in stoppage time.
- TEAMtalk media