Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen

Highlights and Full Match | Video

View the complete playback and highlights of the encounter between Manchester United and FC Copenhagen. The match commenced at 19:00 (GMT) on the 24th of October 2023. The esteemed referee for this fixture is M. Guida. The game took place at the renowned Old Trafford stadium. This captivating event forms part of the Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group A, Season 2023/2024.

Manchester United vs FC Copenhagen Full Match Reports

In the UEFA Champions League (UCL), André Onana’s penalty-saving heroics in the final seconds secured Manchester United a narrow 1-0 victory over Copenhagen. This remarkable victory continued the Red Devils’ impeccable record against Danish opponents.

Before this crucial match, the fans paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton. It was now the current generation’s turn to display the spirit that Sir Bobby had embodied throughout his illustrious career. Copenhagen got off to a quick start, with Diogo Gonçalves’ first-time shot hitting the post and Mohamed Elyounoussi’s attempt deflected wide by Harry Maguire. Rasmus Højlund also had a glimpse of the goal against his former team but fired over, unable to capitalize on a superb pass from Marcus Rashford.

Manchester United gradually gained control of the game, and a well-timed intervention by Peter Ankersen prevented Scott McTominay from getting a clear shot off after a delightful build-up. However, much of the host’s play seemed to lack urgency, struggling to break down Jacob Neestrup’s well-organized Copenhagen side. Frustrations grew among the home fans at Old Trafford, with McTominay heading wide from Sergio Reguilón’s cross as their only notable opportunity for the rest of the first half.

After the halftime break, Erik ten Hag introduced Christian Eriksen, but Copenhagen still launched the first attempts of the second half, mirroring their performance in the initial period. Lukas Lerager met Viktor Claesson’s pass with a powerful strike that was brilliantly saved by Onana. Eriksen then tested Kamil Grabara with a fierce shot that appeared destined for the bottom corner before being denied by a strong hand.

The moment of joy finally arrived for the hosts in the 72nd minute when Maguire outmuscled Rasmus Falk to meet Eriksen’s cross, heading in his first goal of the season. McTominay had an opportunity to extend the lead but missed, and later in the game, he committed a costly mistake by conceding a penalty due to his challenge on Elyounoussi in the final moments.

However, the day was saved by Onana, who outwitted Jordan Larsson to secure the win. This victory ended Manchester United’s five-match winless streak in the UCL, positioning them just one point behind second-placed Galatasaray. Additionally, it marked their first three-game winning streak across all competitions this season. On the flip side, Copenhagen is struggling, enduring a winless streak of nine UCL matches dating back to 2016, and they currently occupy the bottom spot in Group A.

Man of the Match: Harry Maguire (Manchester United).