Manchester United stayed on course for European glory as they reached the semi-finals of the Europa Cup, thanks to an extra time goal from Marcus Rashford to secure an 2-1 (3-2 agg) win against a stubborn Anderlecht team.
After drawing 1-1 in last week’s 1st leg in Belgium, United looked to get an early goal to apply the pressure on the visitors and that’s exactly what they did, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s shot putting the Premier league team in front on 10 minutes.
However, it wasn’t long before Anderlecht levelled with an away goal of their own, as Sofiane Hanni equalised after a scramble in front of the Untied goal line.
The 2nd half was United’s to lose has they squandered chance after chance with what can only be described as a woeful display of finishing from professional football players.
This wasn’t helped when leading Goal scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was helped off the field with a serious looking Knee injury after landing awkwardly in a challenge. With the aggregate scores level at full time, the game went into extra time with again, United still wasting very opportunity to take the lead. However, but with a penalty shootout on the horizon in the 107th minute Marcus Rashford, collected a Marouane Fellaini knock down, to turn and produce and excellent finish that broke the Anderlecht hearts and send Man United into the draw for the Semi Finals, along with Lyon (France), Ajax (Netherlands) and Celta Vigo (Spain), which will be made today.
The victory came at a cost for Manchester United as not only did Ibrahimovic leap off, but they also lost Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo with a knee injury that could see him join fellow defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the side lines. A serious injury at this time would stretch United’s squad to the limit at the business end of the season when Jose Mourinho’s men are not only chasing the chance of European Silver ware but the automatic place in next season Champions League that comes with Europa Cup Glory.