Fenerbahce beats Manchester United despite historic Rooney bullet
- Sow scores early shocker
- United drops to 3rd
- Rooney hits late laser
Fenerbahce scored a 2-1 win over visiting Manchester United at the Sukru Saracoglu in Europa League play on Thursday.
The loss puts more heat under Jose Mourinho, who got a good-looking late goal from Wayne Rooney. The tally was Rooney’s 38th for United in Europe, putting him level with Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Senegalese striker Moussa Sow scored after a minute’s play, and ex-Sunderland man Jeremain Lens netted a free kick for Dick Advocaat’s men.
A draw between Zorya Luhansk and 10-man Feyenoord means United sits third in Group A, as Fener and Feyenoord each have 7 points to the Red Devils’ six.
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Moussa Sow hit a 17-yard bicycle kick in between Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, besting David De Gea barely 60 seconds into the match.
The old cliche of “bad to worse” came around half-hour into the match, as Paul Pogba left the match with an apparent leg injury.
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Fenerbahce doubled the lead on a free kick at the hour mark. Zlatan Ibrahimovic conceded the kick about 25 yards out, and David De Gea didn’t even more as Jeremain Lens swept a quick shot around the wall. 2-0
Emmanuel Emenike just missed a sliding goal that would’ve made it 3-0 in the 79th minute. Could Mourinho’s men find magic?
Rooney helped, burying a long shot in the 89th minute to make it 2-1. He then had a stoppage time header cleared off the line.
United several corners in stoppage time, but Volkan Demirel collected the last offering to save the day.
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Rooney’s goal made history for United.
38 - Wayne Rooney has scored 38 European goals for Manchester United, equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record. Strike.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 3, 2016