And the moral of this tale? Brighton, Southampton, Newcastle, or West Ham are not every team. Sooner or later, a squad that was strong enough to keep it was going to hand Manchester United a head start.
RB Leipzig was, you know, just. United pulled two back late and in injury time, Nordi Mukiele almost put one into his own net, which would have sent them through, but no team gets that lucky that often.
In the build-up to the second, United had already gained from a soft penalty and a potential handball, but having a third courtesy of a panicking full-back would have been too good to be true. What it has been.
The best team prevailed, undeniably. United’s turnaround came about because when Leipzig took the lead they were following the game from a minute and 50 seconds. After 13 minutes they were two up and after 69 they were three clear.