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Mixed results for United, Southampton in EL openers

Manchester United suffered a 1-0 loss on the road to Feyenoord in their Europa League opener on Thursday, while Southampton picked up a 3-0 win at home over Sparta Prague.

United tasted defeat at De Kuip after a goal by Tonny Vilhena in the 79th minute. Leading up to the goal, Nicolai Jorgensen should have been waved off for offside, but the assistant referee kept his flag down, allowing the Dane to put in the cross for Vilhena.

Manager Jose Mourinho was displeased to start off with a loss, and thought that Feyenoord were lucky to get away with the win.

“The second half was better than the first,” Mourinho said. “We had more intensity than the first half because in the first my players were in control without pushing to try but the second was different. Feyenoord defended with everything, a great crowd, a great spirit we know that. We know that in the Europa League everyone wants to play Man United, everyone wants to fight until their limits, which they did. They had the luck to score in the last part of the game.”

Southampton took a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Sparta Prague after a brace by Charlie Austin and a goal by Jay Rodriguez.

Austin opened up the scoring in the 5th minute from the penalty spot, giving the Saints the perfect start. He added a second in the 27th minute. Rodriguez then capped things off in stoppage time with a strike to make it 3-0. Manager Claude Puel hailed his team after the win.

“I think it was a great performance,” Puel told the club’s official website.

“We played a very good team, with technical players, but the penalty at the beginning of the game was good for us, and we also had good organization, then after we could score also another goal.”

Mixed results for United, Southampton in EL openers

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