Manchester United’s 2020/21 season ended in a disappointing loss to Villarreal on penalties in the Europa League.

This blow will sting players and fans all summer long.

That said, it’s worth noting that during a season of advancement under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there were plenty of moments to shout about.

We have chosen eight United gave us something to tell us like no other during a hectic season …

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Rashford delivers again in Paris

United kicked off their Champions League season with a trip to the French capital against Paris Saint-Germain.

Just like in March 2019, the victory was sealed by Marcus Rashford. The England international brought the winner home from outside the box.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer switched to a back five to explain Harry Maguire’s absence and it was a treat as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were largely muted.

Rashford’s quick heights

Next in Europe was RB Leipzig and Rashford was the key man again.

He tore them apart when he got off the bench as United stormed to a 5-0 win after an impressive second-half performance.

With a diamond in midfield, Solskjaer beat Julian Nagelsmann, and it was tempting to wonder how a full Old Trafford would have greeted the display.

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Comeback in Southampton

United have made a habit of getting away from home this season to make the most of the lack of fans in the stadiums in that regard.

Edinson Cavani came at halftime during that clash in November when United lost 2-0.

He showed what he was after and put Bruno Fernandes on half the deficit before scoring a double to win the game.

It set the tone for a season in which Cavani captured the hearts of United fans and established himself as Solskjaer’s first choice striker.

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Ruining Leeds’ return

Leeds were back in the Premier League after 16 years, preparing to return to Old Trafford in December.

Scott McTominay had put United 2-0 up in three minutes and United won 6-2.

It was an exhilarating performance as United fought fire with fire, matched Leeds’ run and made the most of the space Marcelo Bielsa’s side left behind.

That encounter will be even sharper with the fans next season and Solskjaer will be hoping for a similar performance from his side.

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Bruno’s brilliance beats Liverpool

Liverpool’s visit to the fourth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford in January produced an excellent cup game.

United’s quick attack kept hitting the crowd before Bruno Fernandes scored the winning goal from a free kick 12 minutes from time.

Every United fan dreams of meeting the winner against Liverpool at Old Trafford and Bruno celebrated as wildly as any of us.

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Record win in Southampton

United scored their biggest win in Premier League history in February, beating Southampton 9-0.

It was a reckless performance and United refused to let the game play in the second half of the second half.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka opened the goal before Marcus Rashford, a Jan Bednarek own goal, and Edinson Cavani made it 4-0 at halftime.

Anthony Martial picked up a brace in the second half as Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James rounded out the win in history.

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Derby win of the day

Solskjaer recently set a fantastic record at the Ethiad Stadium, which continued in March.

Bruno Fernandes scored on just two minutes before Luke Shaw concluded his resurgence with an amazing solo goal.

It takes more consistency to finish the game in Manchester City, but performances like these show that it can be done.

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Roma torn apart

United took a 2-1 lead at half-time in the first leg of the semi-finals against Roma, but produced a masterclass in the second half and won 6-2.

Edinson Cavani was superb, scoring two goals and scoring three more goals when United set foot in the Europa League final.

The curse of the semi-finals has been lifted and hopefully United will cross the finish line next season and pick up the Solskjaer’s first cutlery next time …

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