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Prem power WATCH: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Man United's big win as Bale shines for Spurs

English clubs shine in UEFA's second tier competition

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Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with Mason Greenwood Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 32 First Leg - Real Sociedad v Manchester United - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 18, 2021  REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with Mason Greenwood Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 32 First Leg - Real Sociedad v Manchester United - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 18, 2021 REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their second goal with Mason Greenwood Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 32 First Leg - Real Sociedad v Manchester United - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 18, 2021 REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Manchester United took a big step towards the last 16 of the Europa League by thrashing Real Sociedad 4-0 in Turin.

United took control of the first leg, played at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium due to coronavirus, after Bruno Fernandes had struck in either half to put them 2-0 up.

Marcus Rashford fired home United’s third after a swift counter-attack and with the Spaniards well beaten, Daniel James raced clear in the last minute to add a fourth goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“We played well,” the United boss said. “We were more clinical in front of goal, of course, even though we had a few chances before we got the first one.

“But definitely when we got the second, the game opened up and we found ourselves in loads of space.”

Asked if he will make wholesale changes in the return leg at Old Trafford given progress to the last 16 is all but assured and they face a frantic fixture schedule, Solskjaer said: “No, we’ve got to take one game at a time.

“Of course we’ve got Newcastle first but we’ll put a strong team out because it’s about creating momentum.

“We’ve been through a difficult spell and I found tonight, or I thought we found ourselves a little bit tonight.

“I thought the boys had got that little bit of zip in their legs again so it was important to be able to take some players off.

“We still rotated the team. We’ll rotate, definitely, but, no, we’re not going to take the game lightly.”

Tottenham also look to have wrapped up their round-of-32 tie after cruising to a 4-1 win against Austrian side Wolfsberger in Budapest.

Heung-Min Son, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura were all on target as Tottenham took control before half-time at the Puskas Arena.

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Tottenham's Son Heung-min (right) celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring his side's first goal during the Europa League win over Wolfsberger AC at the Puskas Arena stadium in Budapest. (Photo: AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Tottenham's Son Heung-min (right) celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring his side's first goal during the Europa League win over Wolfsberger AC at the Puskas Arena stadium in Budapest. (Photo: AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Tottenham's Son Heung-min (right) celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring his side's first goal during the Europa League win over Wolfsberger AC at the Puskas Arena stadium in Budapest. (Photo: AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Wolfsberger pulled one back through Michael Liendl’s penalty after Moussa Sissoko’s challenge on Christopher Wernitznig, but Carlos Vinicius scored his fourth Europa League goal of the season for Tottenham in the closing stages.

Bale was taken off midway through the second half and Mourinho has hinted he too could be involved against the Hammers on Sunday lunchtime.

“One of the reasons why he left the pitch by minute 65 was to try to have him available for the next match because one of the things that is not easy related to his condition is the accumulation of minutes,” the Portuguese added.

“So by taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs and probably, I know the match is Sunday at 12pm, but I believe he has a chance to play the match.

“Let’s wait, he is the kind of player that his experience, his feelings is a very important thing, like Harry Kane, we have to trust these players and their knowledge of their body and their feelings. I believe for him it was important for him to play but not play the 90 minutes.”

Leicester held firm after coming under concerted second-half pressure to draw 0-0 against Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic capital.

In the late kick-offs, Rangers sealed a thrilling 4-3 win against Royal Antwerp in Belgium thanks to late goals from Ryan Kent and Borna Barisic.

Rangers opened the scoring through Joe Aribo, but the Belgians hit back before half-time through Felipe Avenatti and Lior Refaelov’s penalty.

Barisic levelled it up for Steven Gerrard’s side from the spot before Antwerp regained the lead through Martin Hongla.

Kent made it 3-3 with seven minutes left and Barisic converted his second penalty after Abdoulaye Seck had been sent off for deliberate handball.

Bukayo Saka earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw against Benfica in a tie switched to the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Saka levelled for the Gunners two minutes after Benfica had taken a second-half lead through Pizzi’s penalty after Emile Smith Rowe had handled.

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