Result: Man Utd 2-3 Athletic Bilbao

Result: Man Utd 2-3 Athletic Bilbao
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Athletic Bilbao inflict a 3-2 defeat on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Athletic Bilbao have inflicted a 3-2 defeat on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

After a frantic start, United took the lead in the 22nd minute as Wayne Rooney tucked home the rebound after Javier Hernandez's shot was parried by Gorka Iraizoz.

Despite going behind, Bilbao dominated the rest of the half as Markel Susaeta nearly found the net with a 20-yard lob. However, his effort drifted over goalkeeper David de Gea and just wide of the post.

Andoni Iraola also came close for the visitors soon after when his near-post drive was kept out by De Gea.

Bilbao scored a deserved equaliser a minute before the break as Fernando Llorente powered a header in from Susaeta's cross.

The Spanish side went on the attack instantly after the interval, with De Gea having to push away ferocious shots from Iker Muniain and Llorente.

The away side were rewarded for their attacking intent in the 72nd minute as Oscar de Marcos fired in a volley following a crisp passing move around the penalty area.

Bilbao's third came in controversial circumstances as the referee seemingly gave the visitors a free kick when Patrice Evra's boot came off. United, who were on the attack when the whistle blew, were expecting their opponents to give them back possession only for Bilbao to capitalise on some poor defending and score through Muniain.

The hosts managed to grab a second goal in injury time as Rooney converted from the penalty spot after De Marcos had handled.

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