After a 0-0 draw against the Real Society side at Old Trafford, Manchester United advanced to the last 16 of the Europa League, 4-0 on aggregate.
To complete an enjoyable tie, a goalless draw does not tell the story of an exciting game, won easily by Manchester United in the end. This season, the quality of the opponent is higher than when they won this competition in 2017, but this is a much better team than that, and no one in tomorrow’s draw would like to pick for the last 16.
La Real started well and won a penalty on 13 minutes when Daniel James barged into Andoni Gorosabel, down the right of the United box, even though they were 4-0 down from the first leg.
But Mikel Oyarzabal, who had scored all 18 of his previous penalties, attempted Bruno Fernandes’s often deployed hop technique and blazed his kick high and wide to widespread amusement while Dean Henderson stood still.
And it was Fernandes, after the good work of Mason Greenwood and Fred, who, in an entertaining first half, came closest to breaking the deadlock, sweeping a tremendous shot from the edge of the box to the face of the bar, but at night, the sides were equal.
A more sedate affair was the second half, but moments of continuity were still present. Marcus Rashford, on as a sub, utterly deceiving Alex Remiro with a free-kick with the post whistled and Axel Tuanzebe, also on as a sub, thundering a colossal header home only to have his first-ever goal confiscated because Jon Baptista, who didn’t jump, was kneeing Victor Lindelof.