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Manchester United 2 Anderlecht 1 (agg 3-2 AET): Marcus Rashford nets late winner

April 20, 2017 10:04 PM
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Manchester United 2 Anderlecht 1 (agg 3-2 AET): Marcus Rashford nets late winner

MARCUS RASHFORD fired Manchester United into the Europa League semi-finals to spare Jose Mourinho’s blushes at Old Trafford.

Rashford pounced in extra time to bag the winner after Anderlecht had pushed United to the limit in this thrilling quarter-final, second leg.

But the triumph looked to have come at a cost after Zlatan Ibrahimovic limped out of the action with a possibly serious knee problem.

Ibrahimovic collapsed in a heap in the final seconds of normal time and United now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage.

United looked to have fallen into a Hanni trap at Old Trafford following a bizarre game that saw the underdogs from Belgium dominate for long spells.

Mourinho’s men came into this Europa League showdown as firm favourites to progress to the last four without too much trouble.

That looked even more certain when European specialist Henrikh Mkhitaryan fired United ahead inside the opening ten minutes with his fifth goal of the competition.

But Anderlecht went on to dominate the first half and stunned United with an equaliser through skipper Sofiane Hanni on 32 minutes.

Chances continued to come and go at both ends, with Ibrahimovic wasting most of United’s best ones.

He could have had a second half hat-trick but appeared to have left his shooting boots at home for what turned out to be a miserable night for the Swede.

In the final action of normal time he jumped to win a header before appearing to strain his knee when landing.

He refused to go off on a stretcher but hobbled straight to the dressing room looking in a world of pain.

Speaking post-match, Jose Mourinho said: "I don’t think they [Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo's] are easy injuries, but I prefer to wait until all the tests are done until after tomorrow. I will then speak how I feel.

"For now I can’t as I’m not a doctor but I think it is very negative.”

The visitors had spent the afternoon having a kick about in the local Castlefield Park.


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