What Manchester United substitutes did in Europa League win over Copenhagen – Samuel Luckhurst


Long after the shrill final, a Danish journalist was berated by a UEFA official after he and his compatriots gathered to speak to one of the Copenhagen players at pitch level. “You don’t even wear your mask properly,” the UEFA costume growled.It was in this block that Manchester United’s replacements and staff were housed for more than two hours, separated by two seats with a maximum of four per row. There was a schoolboy eagerness about David de Gea as he managed to sit down next to Juan Mata and finally come shrill.

Even when the lenses aren’t focused on the brackets, old habits kick in. Daniel James covered his mouth to make remarks to Scott McTominay, as if he was Joe Pesci trying to obstruct the FBI. Casino. James was one of three replacements represented by the Stellar agency, whose media advice is stricter than others.

There was no complete distrust of the journalists sitting behind the United players. Nemanja Matic politely asked if Harry Maguire was offside for a cross, only to be informed that there were no monitors in the press box. McTominay was equally curious and then did a double take, perhaps clapping his eyes on one of the Manchester pack members he blocked on Twitter.

UEFA is just as unable to clear up criticism from video assistant referees as the Premier League and United early players have been told about the verification of Mason Greenwood’s unauthorized goal by English journalists. Despite the daring success of the Danes, the mixed zones have been officially closed since the season restarted, but it was reassuring that there was still a dialogue between players and reporters, even if it was only for a few seconds. . Victor Lindelof then spoke on the phone with an English journalist.

Odion Ighalo had politely urged Greenwood to ‘run’ and was put on for the unauthorized goal, but there was no hugging or high-fiving and the party scenes among the substitutes will pale in comparison should United win. another Europa League final.

In Stockholm Jose Mourinho turned to the fans and clenched his fists with the game still in progress, injured Marcos Rojo was so offended by the way United substitutes yelled at De Gea to get up and Eric Bailly threw a large water bottle which shattered against the plexiglass bench. Rojo triumphantly raised his full-time crutches, and Bailly ecstatically tossed one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s walking aids. Ibrahimovic told the United press secretary to get him back but quickly threw down his crutches.

Even in an empty stadium, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggled to be heard by Marcus Rashford from United’s bunker-like dugout. The games behind closed doors have made the instructions from the benches audible and it is reassuring to aspirants and never will how basic the chatter is. Michael Carrick must have said, “Well done, Fred” almost half a dozen times, Brandon Williams has been asked to “come up” and Solskjaer said before extra time, “Come on boys, 30 minutes. Keep going.

United substitutes sat under the press box in Cologne

The most detailed insight came from Kieran McKenna, who spoke at such a meticulous length that it was impossible to fully document his comments and he sparked the press that ended with Greenwood arriving offside. In the field, Harry Maguire’s foresight was perceptive and appreciated by Paul Pogba.

McTominay – louder than most starting players – banged his chair in annoyance at Eric Bailly’s yellow card. Fred was visibly frustrated with the moment of his withdrawal as he climbed the stairs. He took off his boots and muttered something that made De Gea’s head swivel for a rehearsal, only for Fred to make excuses for raising a tired hand. Staff and players alike got their hands on the head in disbelief during an under-slapped pass from Bruno Fernandes.

Solskjaer had to remind Teden Mengi and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to remain vigilant in the face of the improbability that they could come into extra time, with the two still sitting in the stands after confirmation of extra time. Mata was as engaged as Solskjaer was as a substitute and that’s why he’s a game-changer.

Ighalo was about as calm as Dimitar Berbatov as he prepared to warm up, wondering if he had heard goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis. He had and since the temperatures were still north of 30, he could be forgiven for not overdoing it. United chose to put Ighalo in for the final seconds, but he did not leave his seat when the referee signaled the end.


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