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Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United

  • Tonny Vilhena puts Feyenoord ahead with smart finish.
  • Ex-Liverpool players Dirk Kuyt and Brad Jones named in Feyenoord team
  • Captain Wayne Rooney omitted from travelling squad
  • Twelve matches kicking off at 6pm on opening matchday.
  • Southampton vs Sparta Prague one of 11 games starting at 8:05pm.

Eight changes for United tonight, and they looked every part a team who have not played much football this season. It will be interesting to hear from Jose Mourinho, who became increasingly irate as the game wore on.

We'll have all the reaction from this game and a round-up from all the Europa League action to come, but until next time it's goodnight.

Full time: Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United

Eric Bailly sees his header cleared off the line from the final attack, and Feyenoord survive and claim a famous win over Manchester United. Tommy Vilhena scored the crucial goal late in the second half and it ensures Jose Mourinho has now suffered successive defeats as United boss, after Saturday's derby loss to Manchester City.

United corner in the final minute of added time. De Gea goes up..

Zlatan Ibrahimovic with maybe the last chance for United. The Swede hits a free-kick from fully 25 yards and though Brad Jones parries the ball, he grabs it at the second attempt before the rebound can be converted.

Ashley Young floats a free-kick wide on the left-hand side over everyone in the penalty area and behind Brad Jones' goal. Feyenoord look like holding out here without really breaking sweat.

Not the only surprise result in Holland tonight....

At last a little bit of emotion from Mourinho, who is obviously not overly impressed by this display or the result which is loomed. Around six minutes away from successive defeats as United boss.

Goal: Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United (Tonny Trindade)

Jose Mourinho facing defeat in his first match as Manchester United manager. Feyenoord grab a deserved lead as Jorgensen escapes being given offside, and pulls the ball back for Vilhena who is totally untracked and he places the ball beyond De Gea.

Brad Jones, who has been pretty solid tonight, miss-kicks from the floor and the ball comes to Memphis. It sits up nicely for the Dutchman has been unleashes a volley which goes miles over.

Marcos Rojo has been call over the place at times tonight and he is caught out twice but substitute Bilal Başaçıkoğlu. First by the ball over his shoulder and then as the Turkish winger cuts inside and shoots towards the near post by De Gea sees the ball behind.

The changes have not had much of an initial impact, bar an Ibrahimovic knock-down after which a foul was awarded, and Feyenoord continue to grow as a force in this game as we enter the final 20 minutes. Jorgensen has caused lots of problems with his strength and he wriggles away from Smalling before his shot is blocked by the England defender.

Here come the trio, and it is Rashford, Martial and Mata who make way. Can that help turnaround this United display?

We reach the hour mark and Jose Mourinho prepares three substitutions. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Memphis Depay and Ashley Young all being prepped. Some statement.

In the other game in United's group, Zorya have taken the lead against Fenerbahce through Dmytro Grechyshkin's goal. This game now one of only two without a goal. Typical.

Karim El Ahmadi, formally of Aston Villa, shoots well wide of the United goal but the effort gets a huge reception from the Feyenoord crowd. Not a hint of trouble coming from the stands it must be said, just a huge amount of noise.

You might take the lack of updates since the second half began as a sign; it hasn't yet caught alight. There will come a point, if that hasn't come already, where Feyenoord will settle for the draw and that might see United finally enjoy some possession and a bit of pressure.

United get the second half underway, with Mourinho's words surely still in their minds. The Portuguese coach took his seat for the second period way before any of his players re-emerged.

Lots of goals in the other 11 Europa League ties which kicked off at 6pm. Here is a rundown of the half-time scores.

Half time: Feyenoord 0-0 Manchester United

Jose Mourinho sets off on the jog across the De Kuip surface upon the half time whistle going, and as well he might after a dreary first half display from his United team. Not the reaction from the derby defeat he will have wanted. Feyenoord have grown as a force as the game has worn on and Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be much the happier of the two managers.

Food for thought for Mourinho...

Has to be said this hasn't been a classic first half. Two shots on target, one from either side, to speak of and not a whole lot else. Having said that, Feyenoord will be much the happier having kept the likes of Martial and Pogba pretty quiet throughout the half.

The hosts should be ahead. United sit very deep through an extended period of Feyenoord possession. It allows Kongolo to roll the ball across the penalty area and Berghuis comes onto it, but blazes over.

More or less on the money after the first 38 minutes. Feyenoord more of a force in this game.

Rashford looking a little isolated it must be said and when he does get a bit of space he is immediately taken out by the nearest Feyenoord defender. Jan-Arie van der Heijden has constantly infringed but he continues to escape going into the referee's notebook.

Best chance of the game comes for United. Matteo Darmian pulls the ball back from the right and Martial takes on touch to control, and a second to shoot goalwards but he can't find the target.

Feyenoord threaten aerially again as a cross from the right looks to pick out Jens Toornstra but a foul on Marcos Rojo sees the attack come to an end.

United win a free-kick around 30 yards from goal after Herrera is felled. Paul Pogba takes control of the situation, but Brad Jones holds on at the first attempt [for once] and Feyenoord survive.

Jorgensen giving Feyenoord a good focal point which is allowing space for the likes of Steven Berghuis, in front of the United back four. The latter has the chance to shoot from range and David de Gea gets his first touch with an easy save.

Quiet start from both teams thus far. United have more or less dominated possession but any attempts to pick out Marcus Rashford have been snuffed out by 'keeper Brad Jones.

And we're underway at De Kuip. Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench for United. Will they need him tonight?

Players on their way at De Kuip, which is making a fair noise despite the restrictions on tickets. Far from easy start this for Jose Mourinho.

Just a look to some of the other games which are around 10 minutes away from kicking off. Elsewhere in Group A, United's group, Zorya play their maiden Uefa group stage match against Turkish club Fenerbahce. Roma, who were dumped out of the Champions League qualifiers travel to Viktoria Plzen while Athletic Bilbao take on Italian side Sassuolo. As I mentioned previously, it is a bumped night of European football with 12 matches in all starting at 6pm.

Already tonight, Qarabag have drawn 2-2 with Slovan Liberec. Milan Baros had put the visitors ahead for a second time before Rashad Farhad Sadygov netted a 90th minute equaliser.

The De Kuip stadium cutbacks make it look like there is a running track around the outside of the playing surface. You can't help but think this will assist the away side greatly as they attempt to silence the home crowd; most of the job has been done for them.

As BT Sport are currently reliving, Manchester United have previous success in Rotterdam having beaten Barcelona in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. Mark Hughes scored twice that night against the Catalans in a victory which really kick-started the new era in the club's history. And by all accounts, the beginning of the end for ill-fitting shorts.

All eyes on Marcus Rashford tonight. Already a goalscorer under Mourinho, can he take his chance from the start?

Marcus Rashford

Bit of psychological jousting from Feyenoord....

A message from afar.

So what can United expect tonight from their Dutch opponents? As their starting eleven suggests, they are not a club full of glittering names though in Giovanni van Bronckhorst they have the latest in a long-line of illustrious former Netherlands internationals taking a shot at management.

The ex-Arsenal man has started well, claiming a third place finish in Eredivisie, ahead of AZ Alkmaar, while they won the Dutch Cup, beating Utrecht in the final. They are currently top of the Dutch top flight with a 100% record from five games, leading PSV and Ajax by two and five points respectively. In other words; it couldn't be going much better for Mr Van Bronckhorst.

Mourinho's men will not face the daunting atmosphere that often welcomes teams to the De Kuip stadium, with the club having closed much of the ground to avoid a sanction from Uefa.

Feyenoord's last European game against Roma was marred by objects being throw onto the field and fireworks being lit during the game, leading to a €50,000 fine and a two-match suspended stadium ban. Any further incidents over the next two years will see the latter punishment enforced, and the club have taken extreme measures to ensure they are not implemented.

Among the moves has been to reduce the capacity by nearly half, to 26,000, with many of the seats closest to the pitch having been cordoned off. In addition, 10-meter high nets have been deployed to prevent any objects thrown reaching the playing surface. We wait to see whether their supporters will adhere to the warnings.

Jose Mourinho rings the changes as expected but still names a team full of internationals for this Europa League opener. Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford are among five players making their first start of the season.

Opponents Feyenoord start with two former Liverpool players in the form of goalkeeper Brad Jones and captain Dirk Kuyt - who has now reverted to a midfield role.


Feyenoord: Jones; Karsdorp, Botteghin, Van der Heijden, Kongolo; El Ahmadi, Kuyt, Vilhena; Berghuis, Jørgensen, Toornstra.

Manchester United: De Gea, Darmian, Baily, Smalling, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Mata, Pogba, Martial, Rashford.

We're expecting confirmation of the teams in around 10 minutes, but how are we expecting both sides to line-up tonight as their European campaign starts in earnest?

Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw have all been left out of the United squad which has travelled to Rotterdam. Marcus Rashford is a confirmed starter for the visitors.

Coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst, formerly of Arsenal and Barcelona, meanwhile has a fully fit squad to choose from and could name former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt in his starting eleven.

United's players arrive at De Kuip ahead of kick-off. Who will make what is expected to be a vastly changed team for tonight's game?

There are 24 matches of each of the six matchdays in the Europa League group stage, so these Thursday nights promise to be both grueling and frantic. From 6pm United will kick-off one of 12 games, with their Premier League counterparts Southampton featuring against Sparta Prague in one of 11 games from 8:05pm. Remarkably, our first match of the day is already underway where Azerbaijan Qarabag are taking on Slovan Liberec, who opened the scoring after just nine seconds. Liberec have since equalised to leave the score at 1-1 with less than 10 minutes of the first half remaining.

Jose Mourinho comes face-to-face with a competition with he has often criticised yet won in 2003 with FC Porto. Manchester United play in the Europa League group stage for the first time in their history after suffering the ignominy of missing out on the top four for the second time in three seasons, last term. Mourinho has wasted little time deriding the competition yet will tonight use it as a way of bouncing back from the derby defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford.

Tonight's opponents Feyenoord are no strangers to United having played them twice in the Champions League 19 years ago, and will keen to pray on a side without their captain Wayne Rooney. Stay with us for all the goals in a jam-packed opening night in the Europa League. Team news and all the build up on the way.