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Jesse Lingard 6, Juan Mata 5, Timothy Fosu-Mensah 4: Manchester United player ratings against LASK

Red Devils win 2-1 on the night to seal a 7-1 aggregate win over Austrian minnows in Europa League last-16 second-leg

Manchester United booked a Europa League quarter-final spot after their second-string side laboured to a 2-1 home win over LASK on Wednesday, sealing a 7-1 aggregate rout of the Austrian side.

United will now face FC Copenhagen in Cologne on Monday after the Danish side beat Istanbul Basaksehir 3-0 at home earlier on Wednesday to wipe out a 1-0 first-leg deficit.

United, who won Europe's second-tier club competition in 2017, appeared to be going through the motions and fell behind to a spectacular Philipp Wiesinger goal in the 55th minute before Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial replied.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a below-strength side at Old Trafford and they looked completely at sea for an hour.

Defender Andres Andrade hit the crossbar for the visitors in the 10th minute and Husein Balic fired just wide from the ensuing scramble before striker Marko Raguz twice came close in a one-sided first half.

LASK took a deserved lead when United half cleared a corner and Wiesinger gave home goalkeeper Sergio Romero no chance with a screaming first-time shot from 25 metres into the top corner.

That finally spurred United into action and Lingard equalised after a defence-splitting pass by Juan Mata left him with time and space to steer his shot past goalkeeper Alexander Schlager.

Late substitute Martial completed United's comeback on the night in the 88th minute when his close-range shot trickled over the line after squeezing through Schlager's legs.

The quarter-finals will be played as a mini-tournament in four German cities, with the final set for August 21 in Cologne.

Updated: August 6, 2020 01:35 AM

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