Manchester United has suffered a severe setback after their last four wins. The Premier League club fails at the start of the Europa League. Also because Cristiano Ronaldo only hits from the offside - and puts another chance in the wall.
Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't very keen on the Europa League - and wasn't happy at the start either. The Portuguese lost with Manchester United in Group E 0-1 (0-0) against Real Sociedad San Sebastian from Spain, more than one offside goal did not result for Ronaldo. It was a rare start for the United superstar, who was willing to change until the very end.
Ronaldo had forced a departure from Manchester by the end of the change period at the beginning of the month and was more or less loosely associated with numerous clubs. According to reports, the national player, who has been used to the Champions League for years, did not want to play in the Europa League, and there are said to have been disagreements with the new coach Erik ten Hag.
After four wins in the Premier League, ten Hag changed to six positions and brought Casemiro, who had come from Real Madrid, and Ronaldo in the starting XI for the first time. The Portuguese star headed in the goal in the 36th minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside. In addition to his offside goal, he still had a good free-kick chance in the closing stages, but the Portuguese only threw the ball into the wall from 20 meters inside the left. San Sebastian's Brais Mendez (59th) decided the game with a hand penalty.
Both teams wore black armbands for the Queen's death. The game only started after a minute's silence.
The German goalkeeper Alexander Nübel celebrated a victory with AS Monaco at the start of Group H. At Red Star Belgrade, the team from the principality won 1-0 (0-0), former Mönchengladbacher Breel Embolo (74th) scored per Foul penalty decisive.
The most impressive victory was achieved by Lazio Roma, in group F the Italians won against Feyenoord Rotterdam 4:2 (3:0). The Dutch found their way into the game late. Dynamo Kyiv, who narrowly missed out on making it into the Champions League despite the war at home, started the Europa League with a narrow defeat. The Ukrainians lost in Group B at Fenerbahce Istanbul 1: 2 (0: 1).