Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys needed an extra-time penalty from their most impressive spot taker, Bruno Fernandes to defeat FC Copenhagen and seal a spot against Wolves in a Europa League semi-final match.
They have now won 21 penalties in all competitions this season – the most for any side in Europe’s top five leagues
United were poor for much of the first half in the heat of Cologne but still had a penalty overturned and a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee.
After a poor first half performance, Man Utd improved and dominated the second half but could find no way past inspired goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, with Fernandes and Mason Greenwood also each hitting the post and Marcus Rashford having another effort disallowed.
Fernandes finally broke through in familiar style, keeping cool to drive in United’s 21st spot-kick of the season at the start of the extra period to extend their marathon season by another week.
Johnsson was magnificent between the posts for Copenhagen – ending the night with 13 saves as United rained down 26 efforts on goal all told – while the Danish runners-up failed to have a single shot on target.