Europa League: Manchester United 2-1 Anderlecht (3-2 Aggregate)
Europa League | Thursday 4, 2017 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 71,496 | Scorers: Mkhitaryan 10min, Hanni 32min, Rashford 107min
It was tense on Thursday and extra-time was required, but Manchester United are in the Europa League semi-finals after securing a 3-2 aggregate win over Anderlecht at Old Trafford.
Teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford’s extra-time goal sent United into the Europa League semi-final at the expense of Anderlecht on a night of tension at Old Trafford.
Photo: Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring Anderlecht at the 107th crucial minute
The Europa League has acquired huge significance for United and manager Jose Mourinho as it offers a potential route into the Champions League, away from the battle for top-four places in the highly contentious and very tough English Premier League – making this victory crucial.
United took the lead on the night and in the tie when Henrikh Mkhitaryan drilled in a low finish in the 10th minute but Anderlecht restored parity when Sofiane Hanni scrambled home an equalizer after 32 minutes – to send me to a series of heart palpitations – wow!
In the end, and at the precious 107th minute, our teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, came to our rescue and United is now headed to the 4-team semi-final.
United faced the prospect of a penalty shootout after the 1-1 stalemate but Marcus Rashford, a scorer against Chelsea at the weekend, made the decisive contribution after 107 minutes with a brilliant turn and finish from Marouane Fellaini’s knockdown.
Manchester United secured a dramatic Europa League quarter-final victory over Anderlecht on Thursday in the Theater of Dreams, winning 3-2 on aggregate following a period of extra time victory engineered by Marouane Fellaini and masterminded by Marcus Rashford – at Old Trafford.
Photos L-R: Rashford celebrates goal; Ibrahimovic walks out after injury; Rooney is fit to return
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Up Man U!