A young Manchester United side were completely stunned in the Europa League as they lost 2-1 to Astana on Thursday afternoon.


United had already booked their spot in the knockout stages, making it a far less strenuous trip to the Kazakh capital for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. Astana on the other hand were already out before Thursday's clash and looking to earn their first win of their Group L campaign.


Jesse Lingard got the game going for United, taking just ten minutes to find the back of the net. In his first game as Red Devils captain, the Englishman took a touch and struck his shot goalbound, with a slight deflection taking the ball past Nenad Eric in goal.

The remainder of the first half was very uneventful, with ​United happy to knock the ball around while their helpless Kazakh hosts stood and watched. Solskjaer's starlets went into the break with a solid lead, though with a slim one goal advantage the game was still just as open.


Astana grew into the game after the break, but for all of their improvements it looked to be for nothing as United went up the other end. Luke Shaw squared it for Tahith Chong who simply had to roll it into an empty net, but somehow hooked his shot over the bar in a dreadful miss.

Astana had survived a big scare, and they made sure to punish the English giants as seconds later they scored a historic equaliser. The ball came to Dmitri Shomko inside the box, who steadied hiself and swept his shot into the bottom corner to draw the Kazakhs level out of nothing.

Manchester United were simply stunned, and it didn't get any better from then as Astana rode their momentum to take the lead seven minutes later. Antonio Rukavina burst down the right wing and sent the ball into the box, and Di'Shon Bernard was unfortunate enough to divert it into his own goal.

United pushed for an equaliser, and could've had exactly that where it not for some fantastic goalkeeping from Eric. The Astana goalkeeper pulled off two fantastic saves, excellently tipping efforts from Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood to preserve Astana's lead.

Astana held on and saw the result out, as they earned a massive victory and a hugely historic one for Kazakhstan. While it means nothing in the overall Group L picture, the hosts have made it a night to remember in their final home game of the year, while United have been well and truly embarrassed thousands of miles away from home.


Astana travel to Serbia for their final game of the calendar year and season, facing Partizan Belgrade on 12 December. Manchester United are back at Old Trafford, when they host Aston Villa in the ​Premier League on Sunday.