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5 things learned: Manchester United 3-0 FC Sheriff (Europa League)

Dylan Penketh

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5 things learned: Manchester United 3-0 FC Sheriff (Europa League)

Manchester United coasted their way to a 3-0 victory against FC Sheriff in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Goals from Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot and Cristiano Ronaldo handed Manchester United an easy three points as the Europa League group stages heads to a close next week.

#1 - Antony's showboating is really not a big deal

One talking point from the first half of the fixture is the little spin Antony did in the 38th minute.

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With United drawing 0-0 at the time, the young Brazilian completed a couple of his trademark spins before passing the ball out of play.

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It sparked an instant reaction, with some applauding the fun side of the game, while others complained that it's proof he doesn't take his game seriously enough.

Realistically, it's who he is, and it represents the fun and flair side of football that is missing from many games these days.

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#2 - Manchester United can score from corners after all

It finally happened... Manchester United scored from a set-piece!

It has been a big area of United's game that has been lacking in recent season, however with Diogo Dalot rising up to meet Christian Eriksen's corner, it's good to know that scoring corners is, at least, still possible.

#3 - Christian Eriksen does good footballing activities

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It's still a slightly wild concept that Christian Eriksen cost Manchester United absolutely nothing in terms of transfer fee.

The way he can pick his pass out almost every time, marshal a midfield, keep play calm and dictate the pace of the game with such ease is an incredible blessing to Erik ten Hag during his first season at the club.

With a long season ahead, Eriksen's minutes will need to be managed, however he has been brilliant so far and does not look to be slowing down any time soon.

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#4 - Marcus Rashford is quietly getting back to his very best

Marcus Rashford has scored six goals now this season, with three assists to his name too.

After his last two seasons have been poor in terms of output and performances, he looks fresh and ready to get back to his best.

His headed goal tonight was taken superbly, and he is making a great statement to get into Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad for England next month.

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#5 - Alejandro Garnacho fits right in

In from the start tonight, Garnacho was top class at left wing.

Alejandro Garnacho against FC Sheriff. (Man Utd)
Alejandro Garnacho against FC Sheriff. (Man Utd)

He's an incredibly exciting young player and has made huge waves in the academy since joining two seasons ago from Atletico Madrid, and against Sheriff, he played his part with brilliance.

He was electric, took his man on, played some lovely football and delivered crosses with both feet in an incredibly refreshing manner.

Featured Image Credit: Manchester United

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Alejandro Garnacho, Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag

Dylan Penketh
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