"We did actually score some terrific goals" says former Manchester United player

Monday, March 16th, 2020 1:52pm

Former Manchester United player Ben Thornley dissected United's 5-0 demolition of LASK.

Manchester United put one leg firmly into the quarter-finals of the Europa League last Thursday as Ole Gunnar Solskjær men overcame Austrian outfit LASK with relative ease. 

In a week were actions on the pitch have been overshadowed by events off it, with all professional football in England suspended until at least early April, Manchester United's 5-0 win in Europe seemed to pale into mere insignificance. 

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A wonderful strike from Odion Ighalo might go down as one the best goals ever scored infront of no eagle-eyes spectators in history. The Nigerian's first-half strike were followed by four during the second 45 minutes. 

Goals from Daniel James, Juan Mata and stoppage-time finishes by Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira put the shine on a glistening performance by the Mancunian side. 

Former Manchester United winger Ben Thornley was one of the select few who were granted entry for the game whilst doing on commentary duty, although the 44-year-old did admit some of his colleagues weren't allowed to board the flight taking off to Austria originally. 

Asked whether the comfortable win was down to Manchester United being brilliant or the hosts being poor, Thornley acknowledged it was LASK's lacklustre showing which made the scoreline so empathic. 

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"I think it's more of the latter. I have certainly seen United play better than that and score nowhere near five goals in recent times but barring the fifth goal which was a bit of a farce for the goalkeeper letting it slip under his hands, we did actually score some terrific goals. 

"Odion Ighalo's goal was terrific. The goal that Juan Mata scored he made and then took a brilliant pass to the centre for Fred and he slotted it home nicely.

"And we scored some some really good goals but in all fairness LASK, as you know, [are] leading in the the Austrian division and you know when you think that they're ahead of the likes of Red Bull Salzburg, who have got money and have only just seen Haaland and Minamino leave then they weren't to be taken lightly.

"But unfortunately most of that was talk because on the pitch, they didn't really offer anything at all and certainly going forward the quality was very poor."

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