Manchester United pulled off a stunning 2-1 comeback at Old Trafford tonight to knock Barcelona out of the Europa League with an aggregate score of 4-3.
The Red Devils came from behind to advance to the Round of 16 after Robert Lewandowski’s first-half goal.
United scored through Fred and substitute Anthony. The 20-time England champion recovered from a lethargic and poor first half to produce a brilliant performance in the second half.
Central to this improvement was the Brazilian winger who replaced the lackluster Wout Weghorst.
Anthony made an immediate impact as he created several chances from his favored right wing position.
In the 73rd minute, he was rewarded for his effort when a blocked shot from Fred hit his left foot. Anthony, Marc André He did not make a mistake as he had a powerful shot well beyond Stegen’s reach.
Anthony’s contribution was as good as that of United legend Rio Ferdinand. Rio’s Ferdinand has posted an exhilarating video showing his reaction to the Brazilian’s performance and his former club’s comeback.
Ferdinand: “That’s what you want to see. People coming off the bench and making an impact.”
“Don’t be grumpy, help the cause. United beat La Liga leaders Barcelona to advance to the next round.”
“Let’s go! I’m not crazy.
“I’m not crazy” @antony00 ANTHONY!!!! What a night, what a comeback! #MUFC ❤️ https://t.co/Fj72xVlWAN pic.twitter.com/OrnfiB8uR2
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 23, 2023
The six-time Premier League winners said they should look ahead to Sunday with a view to winning the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle United.
Ferdinand expressed confidence in United’s chances of beating Eddie Howe’s men.
The former defender predicted the Red Devils would win 2-0 against the Magpies.