Solskjaer - Germany facilities not ideal for Manchester United's Europa League prep

Anthony Martial

United centre-back Lindelof admitted: 'It was a tough game but we came through in the end and we're happy for that.

United have lost only one game in 24 in all competitions, and have reached the semi-final of every Cup tournament they have competed in this season. It could have been one of those nights that you end up with penalty shoot outs.

Fernandes settled the contest in extra time when he drilled his spot-kick past Johnsson after Anthony Martial, who saw several sitters thwarted by the 'keeper, was fouled by Andreas Bjelland. "When he switches it on he's just too fast, too silky and wow, what a player!"

The game would have been done and dusted had it not been for the sheer brilliance of goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

He again went close early in the second half when he slammed against the upright, with Fernandes promptly smacking the opposite post with a dipping 20-yard drive.

United clinched the quarter-final victory in extra time thanks to Bruno Fernandes' penalty, and despite Copenhagen being dumped out of the competition after a plucky display, their captain was quick to hold a freakish conversation with the Norwegian.

Martial almost won the game in normal time but again a sprawling Johnsson tipped away his curling attempt that appeared destined for the top corner.

The Lions were not expected to provide much of a challenge for surging United, but the Danes gave a fine account of themselves, even managing to create a few chances of their own.

The pre-match message from Solskjaer was clear as United arrived in Germany: the Norwegian is desperate to win his first trophy as manager of the club, and, as such, his strong team selection was no surprise.

"The outstanding player for me tonight was Martial", the former United striker told BT Sport. Awaiting them on Sunday will be Sevilla - who have won the Europa League and its precursor, the UEFA Cup, a record five times - or domestic rivals Wolves.

Doubling the advantage, Romelu Lukaku then struck a brilliant goal in the 21st minute.

German midfielder Kai Havertz narrowed the gap for Bayer Leverkusen, but Inter secured the victory.

"But we've got six days and there are not many times that we've got six days to prepare for a game".



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