Europa Roundup: Aduriz Scored 5 As Mourinho's United Suffer Another DefeatThe crisis Manchester United fans have being experiencing since their legendary manager resigned 3 years ago seems not ending yet despite the club breaking the bank to acquire wold class players as they went down 2-1 to Fenerbahce in a Europa League clash in Istanbul Thursday night.
A spectacular overhead kick from Moussa Sow in the second minute set the tone for a priceless victory for the Turkish outfit as world record signing, Paul Pogba limped out injured in the first half.
Jeremain Lens’ sensational free-kick just before the hour doubled the Turkish side’s lead and turned out to be the winner as Wayne Rooney pulled one back with a superb long-range drive but was too little too late for the Old Trafford outfit.
With the goal, Rooney matched Ruud van Nistelrooy’s club record of 38 goals in European competition, but there was precious little for the Red Devils to celebrate after another disappointing outing.
Elsewhere, Southampton inched closer to a place in the knockout rounds as they came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 at a packed St Mary’s.
Inter came into the tie without a coach having sacked Frank de Boer earlier this week, and they were undone by a Virgil van Dijk strike and an own goal from Yuto Nagatomo after Mauro Icardi had given them a first-half lead.
The result leaves the Saints second in the group, two points behind Sparta Prague, who won 2-0 at home to John Ogu’s Hapoel Beer-Sheva.
Russian side Zenit St Petersburg completed the double over Irish outfit Dundalk with Brazil international Giuliano netting a brace at a freezing Petrovsky stadium.
Zenit becomes the first side to advance to the next round after picking up 12 points from their opening four games, though Dundalk remain in contention after Maccabi Tel Aviv were forced to a goalless draw by AZ Alkmaar.
Aritz Aduriz was the standout player of the round as he made history by scoring all five goals for Athletic Bilbao in their 5-3 win against Genk.
The veteran Spain striker, last season’s top scorer in the competition, followed up his first-half hat-trick with two late strikes to become the first player to score five goals in the Europa League.
Result leaves Ernesto Velverde’s men second in Group F with six points, behind Genk on goal difference after Sassuolo and Rapid Vienna drew 2-2 in Italy.