While You Were Asleep: Man United bounce back from Liverpool mauling, Arsenal held by Sporting Lisbon, Di Maria heads winner for Juventus

Manchester United bounced back in style after suffering defeat at Anfield with an impressive 4-1 win over Real Betis in the Europa League.

It was also a kind of redemption for Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese, who had a terrible day at Anfield, scored in two others in Thursday’s round of 16 first leg.

The Portugal international sped towards the Stretford End after giving United a 3-1 lead in the 58th minute and covered his ears as if to shut out the noise that followed Sunday’s defeat.

“Bruno was fantastic. He led the team with his game control and passing and then scored,” said Ten Hag.

Marcus Rashford scored his 26th goal of the season.

Antony swept a shot into the top corner from long range. And Wout Weghorst, who faced backlash on social media for touching the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign, showed his emotion as he fired in United’s fourth.

The game was even at half-time after loan Leicester striker Ayoze Perez fired a low shot past David de Gea in the 32nd. Perez was denied just a second when Fernandes’ tackle deflected his shot to the post before the break.

Arsenal held by Sporting Lisbon

Premier League leaders Arsenal were beaten 2-2 at Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League round of 16 first leg.

Hidemasa Morita’s own goal in the 62nd minute salvaged Arsenal’s tie for a place in the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday.

“There are things to improve but we’ve shown a lot of resilience,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

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Morita deflected Granit Xhaka’s long-range shot into his own net.

Arsenal dominated early possession and took the lead through William Saliba. The defender headed in the first set from a Fábio Vieira corner at Arsenal to capitalize on the early pressure in the 22nd minute.

Sporting equalized with an almost identical response as Arsenal’s defense looked vulnerable.

Gonçalo Inácio headed in past goalkeeper Matt Turner from a Marcus Edwards corner 12 minutes after Saliba’s goal.

It was Sporting’s first goal against Arsenal in their fifth meeting in European competition.

Di Maria scores the winning goal for Juventus

Angel Di MarAa headed the second-half winner in Juventus’ 1-0 first-leg win over Freiburg.

The 35-year-old has scored four goals in his last two Europa League games.

Juventus were without midfielder Paul Pogba, who was dropped for ‘disciplinary reasons’.

“In a team like Juventus there are rules that the experienced players in particular have to respect. In order to get to the top in a competition, you need not only technique and quality, but above all character and moral strength,” said Allegri.

Juventus striker Federico Chiesa has sustained a knee injury. He was substituted in the second half, giving Allegri renewed concern ahead of his hosts Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.

“We’ll see tomorrow (about Chiesa),” Allegri said.

“Right now I can’t say anything because I don’t know anything. Di Maria put on an intense performance for 90 minutes. I think he had a cramp.”

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