UEFA Europa League : Last 16 :
Old Trafford, Manchester : March 17th 2016
The first leg proved to be a comfortable night for the home side as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners and Manchester United were left wondering what exactly went wrong on their way back down the M62.
Being two goals down in a European tie will always mean a metaphorical mountain to climb in the second leg. Liverpool had a great lead to protect and of course always carry the threat of catching the opposition on the counter. Manchester United looked to score three goals without reply at home to secure their place in the last 8, meaning this threat was there from kick-off at Old Trafford.
These exact fears held by Manchester United fans turned to reality as a goal seconds before half time for the Merseyside men, (while only made it 1-1 on the evening after a United Penalty was converted earlier,) effectively killed the tie, and proved so as Liverpool advanced after 90 minutes.
Hours before, around the ground at Old Trafford The Big Number 9 roamed once more to capture the supporters and atmosphere. Despite the first leg advantage held by the visiting team on this evening, as expected for a game with this match up, the crowds turned out and along with a strong Spring sun, created an impressive visual backdrop to yet another highly anticipated meeting between these arch-rivals.