And Lust for Higher Targets
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial's goals against the visiting Austrian challengers all but let the air out of the balloon of an improbable chance that Linzer Athletik-Sport-Klub (LASK) would overturn the aggregate lead the Red Devils had built in the away first leg matchup. It was always going to be a fool's errand to attempt to erase five away United goals.
LASK started spiritedly enough to ruffle the feathers of the deeply rotated United team. Ole Gunnar Solskjær had, predictably, made several changes allowing squad players like Lingard, Fosu-Mensah, Mata, McTominay, Fred, and a couple of youngsters from the youth academy - Chong and Mengi showcase their talent. Weisinger's 55th minute laser, was an absolute banger that fizzed past the trusty number two goalie Romero. The Argentine was as faultless as the ball that rocketed swiftly past him. It definitely woke United who had been slumbering through a particularly disjointed display.
Martial scores United's second goal against LASK
The game had the air of a training match as the eventual result was never in doubt. However, there were some notable things that seduced the interest of fans. One was the debut of the brand new United home and training kit, the other was another debut - Tenden Mambuene Mengi, a much celebrated academy defender, finally got time in the senior team. The gaffer and lots of United supporters are very giddy about this lad's potential. Mengi's composure at just 18 years old is fantastic to see. His introduction in the 71st minute marked the eighth youngster from the academy Solskjær had called upon this season, a unique record. It is now undeniable that Ole's focus on building an exciting side that exudes the DNA of United, and embraces youth has lifted all boats.
Teden Mengi makes his senior debut for United