Manchester United cruised to a 4-1 win over Fenerbahce after two penalties began an attacking rally that put Fenerbahce’s defenders. The match marked the visit of two notable players, the first Martin Skrtel, former Liverpool player who was hated for famously being charged for violent conduct on David de Gea. The second, though, was Robin van Persie, the best player in Manchester United’s 20th title win and a hero, so much so that his goal was celebrated by the Old Trafford fans. It was a great day with some very good football, particularly in midfield, where Michael Carrick and Juan Mata played clinical games while Paul Pogba stole the headlines with a brace.
Fenerbahce isn’t a bad side by any means, but they didn’t look nearly up for it, which shows just how much United has improved in the last couple of months. Disappointment surrounded the Red Devils after three consecutive losses, but ever since, United has gone six matches unbeaten, with four wins and two draws to slightly raise the shadows at Old Trafford. However, only one of said four wins has been in the Premier League, with victories over Northampton, Zorya Luhansk and Fenerbahce watering down the overall impact of United’s positive results. That being said, United fans were treated to one of the best performances in weeks, and today’s player ratings reflect that.
Goals: Paul Pogba (pen) 31′, 45+1′, Anthony Martial (pen) 33′, Jesse Lingard 48′
Assists: Jesse Lingard 45+1′, Wayne Rooney 48′
Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Bailly, Smalling (Rojo 46′), Shaw, Carrick, Pogba (Fosu-Mensah 75′), Lingard (Memphis 66′), Mata, Martial, Rooney
Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Fellaini, Rashford, Ibrahimovic