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Watch: Marcus Rashford Scores | Omonia 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United have won five of their last six away games in the Uefa Europa League, with the exception being a 3-2 loss at Roma in the 2020-21 semi-final.

A banner on halfway reads ‘Green Fanatics’ and that contingent are to the left of us. The stand is already quite vast and almost everyone is wearing green or white. It certainly has the potential for a raucous atmosphere and, from up here, it looks particularly authentic with floodlit Nicosia traffic bustling in the distance.

In a departure from their usual approach after European games, United are staying over in Cyprus tonight and training in the warm weather tomorrow, before flying back to Manchester. It’s a new approach from Ten Hag and an interesting one given the flight is almost five hours.

Sancho was so lucky to start and he can’t start on Sunday. Too often he operates as though he is a freestyle footballer and there has to be something in the water at United for their forwards to succumb so easily to lethargy.

That was the worst and best of Rashford. Omonia are so poor his miscontrol was effectively a self-assist and as soon as he engineered the gap there was an air of inevitability about where the goal was going. A fine finish and, once again, from the left. Rashford’s best and only position.

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