Manchester United kept alive their hopes of advancing from their Europa League group after they dispatched Feyenoord 4-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
- Manchester United 4 Feyenoord 0
- Rooney gives United the lead
- Mata doubles advantage in second half
- Jones own-goal makes it 3-0
- Lingard rounds off scoring late on
The Red Devils started brightly although they had to wait until the 35th minute to take the lead when Wayne Rooney chipped the ball over Feyenoord keeper Brad Jones from close range.
United put the game to bed in the second half as goals from Juan Mata (69'), Jones (75' OG) and Jesse Lingard (90') wrapped up the win.
Jose Mourinho's side started the match on the front the foot and had all the possession, but failed to penetrate a stubborn Feyenoord defence.
The first chance of the game came after 17 minutes when Michael Carrick had his effort saved by Jones after the Eredivisie club failed to clear a corner.
Although on the back foot for much of the opening exchanges, the visitors had a golden opportunity to take the lead but were twice denied in the same move by United keeper Sergio Romero in the 26th minute.
Eljero Elia led a swift counter-attack down the left-hand side and his cross found Rick Karsdorp in acres of space in the penalty area, but he shot straight at Romero, who parried the ball to Dirk Kuyt, although his effort was tipped wide by the foot of the keeper.
The hosts were still bossing the match and finally went in front when Rooney latched onto Zlatan Ibrahimovic's through ball after 35 minutes before lifting the ball over Jones from a few yards out.
The second half started with United once against on the attack and Mata almost scored with a superb chipped effort in the 51st minute but Jones palmed it over the bar.
The second goal did come though when Mata finished off a great team move in the 69th minute. Carrick won the ball in midfield and played it to Ibrahimovic on the edge of the penalty area, the Swede put Rooney through on goal and he played a lovely disguised pass to Mata, who prodded into an empty net.
The third goal came soon afterwards as Ibrahimovic sent in a low cross that was deflected into his own net by the unfortunate Jones. Substitute Jesse Lingard finished off the scoring for the night when he curled in a superb effort in stoppage time.
The victory moved the Red Devils into second spot in Group A on nine points, one behind Fenerbahce, with one more game left to play.