Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Score, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes sweeping Europa League changes

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 ASTANA

Manchester United XI: Romero, Dalot, Jones, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Fred, Matic Gomes, Rashford, Greenwood, Chong

Astana XI: Eric, Rukavina, Evgeni Postnikov, Tomasevic, Shomko Tomasov, Maewski, Simunovic, Sigurjonsson, Rotariu, Murtazaev

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 ASTANA

HT: This is so bad I can’t even begin to describe it. NOTHING is happening. Absolutely nothing with the Kazakhstan side holding Manchester United off far too easily.

Mercifully there’s zero minutes stoppage time.

43: “Red Army” has been chanted constantly for about 10 minutes now. Sorry to keep banging on about it but I’m in complete amazement.

40: Corner to Astana! Fred manages to clear the initial delivery at the near post and Gomes dispossesses Simunovic over on the right. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still sat on the bench looking less than impressed.

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates (Image: GETTY)

38: Manchester United fans in the stands at Old Trafford are currently singing “Borat, Borat, give us a song.” They are also signing: “You’ve only got one song” to nine blokes from Kazakhstan.

35: Nice stuff from Diogo Dalot, who twists and turns his marker out of the ground before floating lovely cross into the middle. Several yellow Astana shirts combine to hack it clear.

32: Seeing as this is an incredibly boring match – I’ve posted Loris Karius’ latest blunder in the video below. It’s noting short of hilarious.

29: So… anyone seen any good shows lately? I only ask because nothing has happened here in about seven minutes. Nothing.

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates (Image: GETTY)

26: Just the 71 percent possession for Manchester United after 25 minutes. Eight shots off target and two on target…

23: Deja vu here at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo’s hut and hope actually finds Marcus Rashford between two Astana defenders. He pokes it straight at the wonderfully names Eric between the sticks and the goalkeeper saves. Not offside this time – just a weak finish.

20: Marcos Rojo, who I forgot played for Manchester United, crosses for Marcus Rashford and the striker volleys over. The linesman’s flag was raised anyway.

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates (Image: GETTY)

17: Fair play to these Manchester United fans. There’s a section that haven’t stopped singing since kick off. Not the usual for a Europa League night at Old Trafford.

Phil Jones dives in on the halfway line and completely loses track of Murtazaev. The Astana star advances but Jones makes a good recovery run to block the shot.

14: Mason Greenwood with his first effort at goal. He cuts inside before leaning back and blazing a 25-yarder high and wide of the target.

11: Well I’m ASTAN-ISHED (gentle word play) how Manchester United haven’t taken the lead. A corner fortuitously drops to an unmarked Marcus Rashford, who strikes straight at Astana goalkeeper Eric from point-blank range.

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates

Man Utd 0-0 Astana LIVE: Europa League score and updates (Image: GETTY)

8: Can’t profess to know much about tonight’s Kazakhstan visitors – but judging by the opening eight minutes – they won’t be leaving with anything tonight. Everyone’s behind the ball and hoofing clear their lines is frequent.

5: It’s all Manchester United. Marcus Rashford takes a signature dipping free-kick that deflects off the wall over the crossbar. The resulting corner comes to nothing as the yellow shirts of Astana look to break forward.

3: Fred, whose only goal for Manchester United came against Wolves, has a crack from distance which troubles the pigeons high in the roof of the stands.

MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 ASTANA

1: And we’re underway at a splendid looking Old Trafford. Pink skies over the stadium an hour before kick off. Sorry I’m late – I was covering Arsenal’s 3-0 win and needed another two minutes to microwave my lasagne.

Ahh, Robbie Savage is co-commentator this evening. Good start…

Man Utd vs Astana LIVE: Europa League score, goals, highlights and updates

Man Utd vs Astana LIVE: Europa League score, goals, highlights and updates (Image: GETTY)

Starting XI

18:50: Hi folks, I’m busy covering Frankfurt vs Arsenal over on another page – so LIVE coverage from Old Trafford will start as soon as the final whistle goes. In the meantime, below are the sides for tonight’s clash.

Manchester United XI: Romero, Tuanzebe, Dalot, Jones, Rojo, Fred, Gomes, Matic, Chong, Rashford, Greenwood.

Subs: Grant, Maguire, Young, Garner, Mata, McTominay, Lingard.

Man Utd vs Astana LIVE: Europa League score, goals, highlights and updates

Man Utd vs Astana LIVE: Europa League score, goals, highlights and updates (Image: GETTY)

MANCHESTER UNITED vs ASTANA – TEAM NEWS

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to start an array of youngsters for tonight’s Europa League opener against Astana.

Teenage striker Mason Greenwood will start at Old Trafford, while Axel Tuanzebe, Sergio Romero and Fred are expected to join him in the starting XI.

Winger Daniel James misses out after picking up a knock against Leicester. Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw are all injured.

source: express.co.uk