Manchester United lost to Astana in their penultimate Europa League match of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent out the kids to try and secure top spot in the group, but it would be the minnows that claimed their first points of the campaign.
Jesse Lingard opened the scoring midway through the first-half, with a deflected effort that sailed into the bottom right-hand corner.
But, an equaliser from left-back Shomko, and then an own-goal from youngster Bernard, would see United fall to their first European defeat of the season.
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Astana vs Manchester United – as it happened…
Full-time Astana 2-1 Man Utd
It’s a defeat for United in Kazakhstan, and the home side collect their first points of the competition.
(84′) Astana 2-1 Man Utd
It’s all slowed down a bit here. Astana are trying to stop United from gaining momentum, but in truth, they don’t look like scoring anyway.
Garner is replaced by Ramazani, and it it stays like this, United risk falling to second place in their group if AZ win against Partizan later.
(77′) Astana 2-1 Man Utd
Angel Gomes almost scores from a direct free-kick, but he’s denied by the goalkeeper. The youngster aims his strike toward the top left-hand corner, but Eric makes a superb save to keep Astana ahead.
(69′) Astana 2-1 Man Utd
United are trying to reclaim control of this tie. More possession work on the edge of the box as they try to wriggle through the defence.
Greenwood is narrowly caught offside, and the attack breaks down. Better five-minute spell from United, though.
(63′) Astana 2-1 Man Utd
It’s so unlucky for Bernard. A cross is put into the box and the youngster throws himself toward the ball. It rebounds off his chest, and flies past Grant.
There’s a shock on here in Kazakhstan.
GOAL ASTANA (Bernard OG, 62′)
Astana 2-1 Man Utd
(57′) Astana 1-1 Man Utd
Wow. Tahith Chong will really be kicking himself now. Less than a minute after he missed that sitter, the home side equalise.
Astana get the ball forward quickly, and left-back Shomko finds himself alone in the box, facing away from goal. He spins and immediately fires the ball beyond Lee Grant. All level here.
GOAL ASTANA (SHOMKO, 56′)
(55′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
How has he missed that?! United have a golden chance to double the lead. The youngster is open at the far post, but puts the ball over the bar. How?!
(50′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Not the start that Solskjaer would’ve been hoping for. All of the opening five minutes have been played in United’s half, including two corners for Astana. Centre-back Bernard almost managed to put the ball into his own net when no attackers were around him, too.
(45′) Second-half – Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Back underway in Kazakhstan!
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Not a bad half from the United kids in Kazakhstan. It’s 1-0, and for the most part, they’ve been in control.
Lingard’s goal separates the two teams at the break, but Astana have caused the Red Devils one or two problems.
United are still yet to concede a goal in this competition, but we all know a 1-0 scoreline is dangerous.
If Astana somehow get back into this and steal a point, United could fall to second in the table, with just one game to play.
Solskjaer will want another goal shortly after play resumes.
Half-time – Astana 0-1 Man Utd
(44′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Greenwood escaped a yellow card despite kicking the ball away. He was called offside, took a few more strides, and then chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. Lucky to not be booked, I think.
(43′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
The game is starting to get a little bit more stretched as we enter the closing stages of the first-half.
United still look dangerous on the counter-attack, but there are big gaps forming between the United defence and the holding midfielders.
(39′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Lingard is down. Sigur Jonsson goes in high on the United midfielder, and his studs collide with Lingard’s ankle.
He’s up, and he seems okay. But, you could hear the shriek in the stadium when contact was made. Nasty. Yellow card for the Astana man.
(35′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Beisebekov tests Lee Grant for Astana. He’s left unmarked in the box, but his first touch just takes the ball away from goal.
The winger is forced to swing his entire body while striking the ball, which ultimately means it’s an easy save for the goalkeeper. Still 1-0.
(32′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Chong has started to drop back a little more when United are out of possession, and Laird is certainly appreciative.
Lingard takes another long-range strike, which is deflected off of a defender’s leg and loops over the bar.
(28′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Just a few signs that Astana have finally decided to show up. They’re certainly more lively going forward.
Left-back Shomko has started moving further up the wing, which is causing problems for Laird.
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(22′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Luke Shaw is a lucky boy. Out of absolutly nothing, Astana have their first shot… and they arguably should have scored.
A low cross is played into the United box, and Shaw thinks he’s okay to let the ball roll out for a goal kick. But, Rotariu crept up behind him on the right-hand side and is given a free shot at goal.
He misses the target, and he knows he should’ve done better.
(21′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Lingard fancies a couple tonight. He’s already had a few shots that have narrowly missed the target.
(18′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
A rare foray into the United half for Astana, but Tuanzebe quickly heads the ball away.
United try to hit Astana on the break, and Greenwood takes a long-range strike. But, it’s deflected off of a defender, and the attack breaks down.
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(16′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Just the 72 per cent possession for Solskjaer’s side so far. The kids are doing well.
(13′) Astana 0-1 Man Utd
The goal was coming. United had all of the possession in the opening 10 minutes.
Lingard’s goal took a slight nick of an Astana defender, but credit where it’s due, that was a superb strike.
GOAL MAN UTD (Lingard, 10)
Astana 0-1 Man Utd
Lingard scores his third European goal for United with a superb shot from the edge of the box.
(6′) Astana 0-0 Man Utd
First shot of the game for Mason Greenwood, but it’s straight at the goalkeeper. It came from an excellent Lingard pass that split the Astana defence.
(4′) Astana 0-0 Man Utd
Lots of United possession around the back four, but not much happening in front of them at the moment.
(2′) Astana 0-0 Man Utd
Early corner for the home side… and it fails to beat the first man. Axel Tuanzebe with the clearance.
(1′) Kick-off (Astana 0-0 Man Utd)
United get us underway!
(3.48pm) The teams are out!
Captain Jesse Lingard is completing the handshakes in Kazakhstan.
Minutes away from kick-off here!
(3.40pm) Solskjaer talks up ‘great education’
“I enjoyed training with them yesterday. I enjoyed the trip with them, and it is a group that has been together a long time so for them they know it is the next step,” United boss Solskjaer told MUTV before kick-off.
“We also have some experience in there with Axel Tuanzebe, Jesse Lingard, Lee Grant and Luke Shaw so for the kids it is a great occasion.
“We struggle to give them enough games against men. Today we are playing against men; an experienced and physical team in front of 30,000 people. It will be a great education for them.”
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(3.35pm) What do United need to do to qualify?
United are actually one of five Europa League teams to have already secured qualification into the Round of 32.
But, Solskjaer can make sure his side finishes top of Group L tonight.
They’ll need to beat Astana, and hope that Partizan Belgrade win against AZ Alkmaar.
Otherwise, it’ll go down to the final week.
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(3.20pm) Astana team confirmed
It’s three changes for Astana since their trip to Old Trafford on Matchday One, in September.
The Kazakhstan side have thrown on an extra striker, as they change from a 4-5-1 to 4-4-2.
Sergei Khizhnichenko joins the Astana starting line-up, with there’s also places for Yuriy Logvinenko and Abzal Beisebekov.
Astana XI vs Man Utd: Eric; Rukavina, Logvinenko, Postnikov, Shomko; Maevski, Sigurjonsson; Beysebekov, Rotariu, Murtazayev; Khizhnichenko
(2.50pm) Manchester United team confirmed
It’s just the three debutants for United, but a very youthful team that takes to the field.
United XI vs Astana: Grant, Laird, Tuanzebe, Bernard, Shaw, Levitt, Garner, Gomes, Lingard, Chong, Greenwood.
Subs: Kovar, Mengi, Taylor, Ramazani, Galbraith, Puigmal, Bughail-Mellor.
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Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of Manchester United’s trip to Kazakhstan to face Astana.
The match hands Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to play a number of the club’s youth prospects, gaining some valuable first team experience.
Kick-off is at 3:50pm, with team news coming up shortly.