Ighalo scores first Man Utd goal as Red Devils thrash Brugge 5-0

Ighalo scores first Man Utd goal as Red Devils thrash Brugge 5-0

Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo were both on target; as Manchester United strolled to a 5-0 win over 10-man Club Brugge to secure their place in the last-16 of the Europa League.

Ighalo was handed his full debut for the club since arriving on loan; after Anthony Martial sustained a muscle injury in training.

Scott McTominay also made his long-awaited return to action having been sidelined since December; as United named a strong line-up.

And they were on the pulse from the first whistle; testing Simon Mignolet with two chances inside the first five minutes with Fernandes and Mata both forcing a save from the Belgian.

United was fortunate not to concede a penalty when Harry Maguire appeared to pull down David Okereke in the penalty area; but neither the referee nor VAR opted to intervene.

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Fernandes was enjoying an influential role through the middle and saw another effort saved by Mignolet before playing a part in the opener.

The playmaker found Daniel James with a clever backheel; the Welsh winger’s effort was bizarrely saved by Brugge defender Simon Deli.

Referee Serdar Gozubuyuk pointed to the spot and pulled out a red card; which seemed like the obvious decision.

The Turkish official was told to review the decision on the VAR monitor but; after two minutes of deliberation, decided not to change his mind.

Fernandes stepped up and with a hop and a skip; sent Mignolet the wrong way to net his second penalty in the space of five days.

Fernandes was involved again for the second, clipping a lovely pass to the back post and Juan Mata’s cutback found Ighalo; who couldn’t miss from four yards out.

United was in complete control and the scoreline soon reflected it; when Scott McTominay struck home from the edge of the box after good work from Fernandes and Fred.

It was no surprise to see United take their foot off the gas in the second half; Fernandes received a deserved standing ovation when substituted midway through the half.

United finally added a fourth eight minutes from time when substitute Jesse Lingard unselfishly set up Fred; before the Brazilian added a second in injury time as United cruised into the next round, with the mood certainly improving at Old Trafford.

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