Manchester United continued their fine Europa League record with a 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night at Old Trafford.
Goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial (which wasn't a bad finish) and Marcus Rashford before the hour mark saw the Red Devils saunter to a 3-0 victory, with the three points securing qualification into the last 32.
It was also a night where United extended some records they will be proud of, rather than the doom and gloom which has seemingly become the norm of late.
Firstly, Greenwood's opener, and his ricocheted assist for Martial, meant that at just 18 years and 37 days old, he became the youngest player to score and assist in a European game for United.
Furthermore, as confirmed by Opta, the win means that United haven’t lost any of their last 15 games in the Europa League (W11 D4); the longest active unbeaten run of any current team in the competition. Their last defeat came away at Fenerbahce on matchday four of the group stages in their successful 2016/17 campaign under Jose Mourinho.
That game in Fenerbahce in November 2016 was also the last time the Red Devils conceded a goal in the group stages of this competition. This latest shut out against Partizan was the sixth consecutive time that United have closed the door on their opposition.
At the moment, United's European form is in stark contrast to their domestic form. Saturday's defeat at Bournemouth left the club with their lowest ever points tally after 11 games in the Premier League era, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side collecting just 13 points thus far. They've accumulated ten points from four games in the Europa League this season.
Despite their struggles, Thursday's result was United's sixth game unbeaten at Old Trafford (W3 D3). It's a run that stretches back to mid-September after their defeat against Crystal Palace at the end of August.
The unbeaten run has seen the likes of Leicester, Arsenal and Liverpool all visit the Theatre of Dreams and all fail to come away with three points. It's also the longest unbeaten home run under the guidance of Solskjaer - with consistency very much the order of the day now.
Source : 90min