UEFA Europa League
Feyenoord vs. Manchester United
Venue: De Kuip
Date: Thursday, 15 September 2016
Kick-off: 18:00 BST
Manchester United began their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 defeat away at Feyenoord in Group A.
With less than 15 minutes remaining, Tonny Vilhena tucked away a neat finish to gift the current Dutch league leaders the victory.
Despite the goal being offside, United never looked like scoring, in a second lacklustre display on the trot following the weekend’s derby defeat.
One of three players to keep their place from Saturday, David De Gea held Steven Berghuis and Vilhena shots early on, as opposition goalkeeper Brad Jones did likewise from Paul Pogba’s free-kick.
Making his first appearance of the season, Matteo Darmian crossed for Anthony Martial, but despite the ball dropping kindly, he fired wide from a promising position.
Left-back Terence Kongolo slid a pass across the box that saw Jens Toornstra slice over, with Juan Mata just out of reach from Marcus Rashford’s headed knock down at the other end, as half-time arrived at De Kuip.
After the break, Ander Herrera’s attempt went over as Karim El Ahmadi and Pogba fired wide at either end.
Substitute Bilal Basacikoglu did likewise, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading wide from Ashley Young’s free-kick.
Young turned provider again, lobbing a pass through to fellow substitute Memphis, who volleyed over on his return to Holland.
Then came the goal, with Nicolai Jorgensen picking the ball up in the right-hand channel despite being half a yard offside, but his low cross was finished first time by the onrushing Vilhena.
Young fired over and Jones did well to grasp Ibrahimovic’s low but powerful free-kick, as the game ended with Jose Mourinho’s side on the receiving end of another loss.
This time last year saw United lose their opening group game of the Champions League away at a team in red and white from the Netherlands, and history repeats itself following that 2-1 defeat in Eindhoven against PSV.
Rotterdam was the scene this time around, with much work to be done ahead of Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk’s visit to Old Trafford in two weeks’ time.
Up next is a trip to Watford this coming Sunday, where a Midday kick-off sees the return of Premier League action and a chance to stop the rot after a disappointing September thus far.
Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pogba; Mata (Young 63), Rashford (Ibrahimovic 63), Martial (Memphis 63).
Subs not used: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Carrick, Fellaini.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Feyenoord: Jones; Karsdorp (Nieuwkoop 90+1), Botteghin, van der Heijden, Kongolo; El Ahmadi, Kuyt, Vilhena; Berghuis (Basacikoglu 68), Jorgensen, Toornstra.
Subs not used: Hansson, Woudenberg, Vejinovic, Tapia, Kramer.
Manager: Giovanni van Bronckhorst