Bruno Fernandes penalty powers Man United past Copenhagen and into Europa League semifinals
Craig Burley can understand why Copenhagen fans would be upset with the decisive penalty awarded to Man United. (1:18)
Manchester United scraped through to the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League after a narrow 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday. The back-and-forth game went from being hard to watch to having a relentless pace, but after all was said and done, it ended how many games involving the Red Devils have during the campaign: a controversial Bruno Fernandes penalty won the day for Solskjaer's men.
Some of the one-touch passing from United was exemplary to the point where they were, at times, running circles around their Danish counterparts. They were much more effective when keeping the ball on the deck with an incredibly quick pace to their play, and as the game went on there was a natural increase to their output up top -- as well as their tendency to switch the ball from side to side.
The favourites' defending was fairly shoddy. They gave Copenhagen far too much space, multiple players were being drawn to the ball at any one time and they didn't really seem to respect their opponents' firepower. They didn't concede a single shot on target, but against better opposition, United would've been punished.
6 -- While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did put forward an attacking lineup, it never really felt as if he had any urgency to make the necessary changes. He left it until just after the hour mark to change things up ...
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