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Partizan Belgrade - Manchester United
Europa League - 24 October 2019
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FULL-TIME! It's over - Manchester United have their first win on the road since March! The victory sees them take control of Group L and one more win would see them into the knock-out stages of the competition. A productive night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
- OffTakuma AsanoPartizan Belgrade
- OnDjordje IvanovicPartizan Belgrade
A very late sub from the hosts sees Djordje Ivanovic replacing Asano.
There will be THREE minutes of added time to play! Can United hang on?
Solskjaer would have taken this before kick-off, wouldn't he? United are a just a few minutes away from securing a hard fought victory on the road.
That's not far away! Jones concedes a cheap corner as Partizan up the ante in search of an equaliser. It's worked to Natcho whose shot from the edge of the box curls just wide!
Save! Romero saves Asano's header as Partizan threaten from a corner!
- OffJames GarnerManchester United
- OnAndreas PereiraManchester United
Man United sub: Garner, who has done well on his debut, is replaced by Pereira.
Dangerous! Sadiq pulls an inviting ball across the face of goal but Jones somehow clears it behind for a corner.
Partizan sub: Nemanja Stefanovic comes on for Tosic.
Very close! Sadiq lets fly with another sweet strike from 25 yards but it swerves agonisingly wide with Romero struggling to get there.
United have kept only four clean sheets in their last 22 games - but two of those have come in this competition.
Into the last 20 minutes and this game remains in the balance. United are absorbing some pressure at the moment but Partizan have yet to test Romero.
- Yellow cardNemanja MileticPartizan Belgrade
Another penalty appeal is ignored! Miletic is booked for shouting in the referee's face as the official allows play to continue after the ball hits the hand of Williams inside the box. Have United got away with one?
- Yellow cardBibras NatchoPartizan Belgrade
No penalty! Huge appeals for a spot-kick from the hosts! A shot appears to come off the arm of McTominay, but it came at him in a flash and there wasn't much he could do about it. Natcho goes into the book for his complaints.
Danger in the Partizan box as Rashford and Lingard combine nicely but Mata's cross is hacked to safety.
Wolves have levelled the scores in Bratislava at 1-1.
Looks like United have gone to a back four with Williams at left-back and Jones at right-back.
Man United double sub: James and Rashford come on for United, with Wan-Bissaka and Martial making way.
Partizan asking lots of questions of this United defence now as Souma - who is orchestrating the home side's attack - sees his shot charged down by Maguire in a crowded penalty area.
United force a corner, and Mata swings it in, but Maguire is all over Miletic and the referee awards Partizan the free-kick.
Save! Souma checks inside, putting Maguire on his backside as he opens the angle for a shot, but it's straight at Romero.
Much more adventurous from Partizan in the opening minutes of the second half.
Mata is found in space and with a floated cross, tries to pick out Martial, but gets too much zip on the delivery.
No penalty! Jones goes shoulder to shoulder with Soumah, who theatrically throws himself to ground, prompting strong appeals for a Partizan penalty. The referee isn't interested.
Shot! Natcho bends a low shot around the United wall but it's always drifting wide.
Yellow card and free-kick! The lively Saqid is on the front foot immediately and he's taken out by Jones - who subsequently goes into the book - just as he's about to burst into the penalty area. This is a dangerous area for a free-kick.
Kick-off! There are no changes in the break and it's Partizan who get the ball rolling in the second half.
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME: There is no additional time. It's Man United who lead at the break thanks to Anthony Martial's 43rd-minute spot-kick.
It's fantastic timing for United to get off the mark. Just before the break, Partizan had been on top and looked more threatening over the last 10 minutes or so.
- Goal by penaltyAnthony MartialManchester United
GOAL! Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Manchester United: Cool as you like, Martial slides the ball into the bottom corner, sending Stojkovic the wrong way.
PENALTY TO MAN UNITED! Williams goes to ground after a late challenge from Miletic after a strong run ... and the referee points to the spot!
Shot! Man United are making life difficult for themselves as they give away the ball cheaply out of defence. This time it's a let off as Asano curls his effort wide.
Now Partizan hit the post! Wow, where did that come from? Sadiq lets fly with a cracking shot from the edge of the penalty area. Romero, at full stretch, doesn't get near it as it cannons off the woodwork and bounces to safety.
Off the post! Lingard sorts his feet out quickly to open the space for a shot, after a strong tackle from Wan-Bisska, and his low curling shot agonisingly crashes off the post with the goalkeeper well beaten.
Williams concedes the ball in midfield as Tosic drives forward on the right, but rather selfishly he shoots from an impossible angle and predictably, it's wide.
A corner routine sees Partizan work the ball to Zdjelar on the edge of the penalty area but he shanks his shot well wide of goal.
United deal with the first corner, but Partizan recycle possession and win another a moment later. Todic delivers into the penalty box and McTominay heads over his own bar. Another Partizan corner!
Quick feet from Sadiq sees him slip out of a tight position and he forces a corner off Wan-Bissaka as Partizan continue to apply the pressure.
This is Partizan's best spell of the game so far. They have United penned in at the moment. Their fans have found their voices again.
Maguire, making his European debut tonight by the way (!), concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area after a foul on Sadiq. The ball is whipped in but United deal with it comfortably.
Soumah leads a dangerous Partizan attack and tries to slip through Sadiq further forward but Garner reads it well and makes an important intervention. The 18-year-old hasn't looked out of place.
United have been in control of the tie so far but they yet to find any holes in the Partizan defence. The hosts have out their stall to defend in large numbers.
Jones wins the ball back for United in aggressive style after a loose touch from Garner in midfield, but the referee doesn't give the free-kick.
Shot! McTominay, playing with a lot of freedom tonight, pops up in an advanced position once more and is picked out by Lingard in the middle. He screws his half-volley well wide, though.
The visitors have done well to quieten the home supporters. United are doing a good job of keeping possession, even if they have yet to carve open the Partizan defence.
United press from the right, but Wan-Bissaka's driven cross is hacked away at the near post.
What a chance! Martial draws the free-kick on the flank. Mata swings a delightful cross to the back post, picking out the unmarked McTominay, who must take his eye off the ball as he heads into the side netting from point-blank range. Great chance, that.
Slovan Bratislava have taken the lead at home to Wolves.
Shirts are being pulled in the penalty area as the cross is delivered by Mata and the referee signals for a Partizan free-kick.
McTominay drives to the byline but sees his cross charged down by Tosic, winning the first corner of the game.
Partizan break with an incisive pass to the right releasing Asano. It's not a cross and it doesn't look like a shot, but whatever it is, he lobs the ball high into the stands.
The free-kick is floated to the far post - but Sadiq makes his run too early and is flagged offside.
Maguire is dragged out wide and he mistimes his challenge on Sadiq, conceding a free-kick on the left. Everyone is back to defend the set-piece.
He's watching from home...
Romero comes off his line but shanks his clearance. The pitch isn't in the greatest condition.
There's a carnival atmosphere in Belgrade - it's incredibly noisy. It's United's job to silence the home supporters.
United with the early possession. McTominay is playing higher than expected, if the first minute is anything to go by.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF! Manchester United get us underway!
FIVE minutes until kick-off! This is Man United's first meeting with Serbian opposition since the 1991 European Super Cup, when Brian McClair's goal saw them beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0.
TEN minutes until kick-off. It's a huge night for United's youth products Garner and Williams. They won't want - or can afford - to let Solskjaer down.
On a more alarming note, this is Partizan Belgrade's first home tie in the Europa League since their two-game ban for fans' racism in a qualifier.
Solskjaer on Garner's selection: "He's been excellent and he's been waiting for his chance. Tonight with the experience he has around, it will be a good start fro him. He's got more or less 300 caps around him so I don't think he's ever played with so much experience and he's an exciting player."
A win for Solskjaer's side tonight would be a huge step towards qualification, with home games against Partizan and AZ Alkmaar still to come. They're unbeaten in 13 Europa League matches since defeat away to Fernabache in November 2016, winning nine of those games.
Under-fire Jesse Lingard was praised by Solskjaer earlier this week and his manager has handed him his first start since suffering an injury against AZ earlier this month. "He's been so lively and bubbly in training and I don't know much game-time we'll give him, but he looks like he wants to catch up on lost time and it's been fantastic to see him with a big smile," said Ole. "I know Jesse from before and now we expect - and he expects himself - to kick on now."
A well deserved start, then...
Solskjaer: "The Champions League next season is an aim for us: whether [we qualify] through the top four or the Europa League, it doesn't matter for us." On Partizan: "They are a team with some pace, a big, strong striker and there's some talent in there - two or three really talented players."
There are SEVEN changes from the United side that drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Sunday, but Solskjaer sticks with the 3-4-1-2 formation. The big news is that 18-year-old James Garner is handed his full debut, while Brandon Williams makes his second senior start. Harry Maguire captains the side, but David De Gea and Paul Pogba are still injured.
For Partizan, former United winger Zoran Tosic and ex Arsenal striker Takuma Asano both start.
TEAM NEWS - Partizan Belgrade XI: Stojkovic, Pavlovic, Natcho, Tosic, Sadiq, Asano, Zdjelar, Soumah, Ostojic, Urosevic, Miletic.. subs: Vujacic, Lazar Pavlovic, Ivanovic, Scekic, Brezancic, Filip Stevanovic, Nemanja Stevanovic. /// MANCHESTER UNITED XI: : Romero, Jones, Maguire, Rojo, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Garner, Williams, Mata, Lingard, Martial.. subs: Lindelof, Rashford, Grant, Pereira, Fred, James, Greenwood.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Manchester United' s Europa League clash with Partizan Belgrade in their third Group L match. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are level with tonight's opponents at the top of the group but the Red Devils haven't won on their travels since their famous Champions League last-16 encounter in Paris waaayyy back in March. After a positive draw with Liverpool on Sunday, could today be the start of a revival?