Marcus Rashford Saves Manchester United with Extra Time Goal vs. Anderlecht
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Marcus Rashford scored in additional time to send Manchester United into a semi-finals of a UEFA Europa League, violence Anderlecht 2-1 in a home leg of their quarter-final strife to win 3-2 on aggregate.
The dual teams were forced into additional time after first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sofiane Hanni replicated a first-leg result, though Rashford showed autarchic restraint in a 107th notation to keep United’s European hopes alive.
United manager Jose Mourinho competence be though Zlatan Ibrahimovic for arriving fixtures, meanwhile, after a Swede suffered a knee damage during a finish of a 90 mins to top off a catastrophic night in front of goal.
Although a Red Devils competence not have been during their many clinical in front of goal, the Guardian‘s Daniel Harris was gratified to see a hosts so relentless in their office of victory:
Daniel Harris @DanielHarris
Whatever happens from here, this has been a correct United onslaught, that is good to see.
The Red Devils had a top palm after concealment an divided idea in their outing to a Constant Vanden Stock Stadium final Thursday, though that didn’t stop a hosts from banishment out of a blocks in a lapse trip.
And Mkhitaryan replicated that opening by providing a breakthrough once some-more following a rapid run by rivalry lines from Rashford, finishing his possibility in front of idea in dual touches, around BT Sport:
BT Sport Football @btsportfootball
Henrikh Mkhitaryan LOVES a Europa League!
That’s his fifth idea in a competition. ???? https://t.co/b1C0YABamq
There was means for concern, however, when Marcos Rojo was forced to leave a representation on a bracket after usually 23 minutes, carrying clearly felt a effects of a hit that he was incompetent to shrug off.
The Argentinian’s blow competence not have been felt as most final season, though Duncan Castles of The Times illustrated a critical purpose he’s adopted given Mourinho took over final summer:
Duncan Castles @DuncanCastles
Hard to suppose observant this 9 months ago, though Marcos Rojo’s damage an measureless blow to Manchester United’s season. #MUNAND #ARG
Daley Blind came on as Rojo’s replacement, though it was frequency a fluke to see Anderlecht forgetful of bigger things with a round following his departure, and Reds goalkeeper Sergio Romero was tested on occasion.
The capsule afterwards came opposite a exam he couldn’t pass. Youri Tielemans’ shot from a corner of a area was deflected adult on to Romero’s bar, and Hanni was on palm to impact home a bounce after United unsuccessful to clear, per a Manchester Evening News‘ Stuart Mathieson:
Stuart Mathieson @StuMathiesonMEN
United have looked during sixes and sevens during behind given Rojo went off. Now Anderlecht make them pay. Hanni 1-1 #mufc
Anderlecht finished a initial duration with most some-more of a breeze in their sails than they formerly boasted, and there was no longer a clarity this was United’s for a taking; instead, a satisfactory foe had damaged out.
Luke Shaw, carrying been rather culpable for Anderlecht’s equaliser, came tighten to formulating a second idea for United shortly after a restart, though Jesse Lingard couldn’t slip in on time to modify his round opposite a face of goal.
Marouane Fellaini came on in place of Lingard on a hour symbol to offer Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick some-more support in midfield, withdrawal Mkhitaryan and Rashford to unit in conflict closer to Ibrahimovic.
The pierce roughly yielded a preferred outcome around 70 minutes, too, when Rashford dull a ‘keeper before unwell to redeem a round in time to measure in an open net, a possibility James Ducker of the Telegraph suspicion he should have tucked away:
James Ducker @TelegraphDucker
Done all though measure tonight Rashford. United’s best player. Needed to hang that one in though
Ibrahimovic came tighten to nudging a hosts behind forward usually seconds after as a diversion took on a some-more end-to-end feel, and referee Alberto Mallenco waved divided United chastisement calls after a Swede went down in a box shortly after.
Match of a Day presenter Gary Lineker could usually marvel during United’s open-handedness as Pogba, Rashford and Ibrahimovic unsuccessful to glow in a fibre of late chances before full-time was called, with additional time compulsory to apart a two:
Gary Lineker @GaryLineker
Manchester United doing all in their energy to pull another home game.
A unsatisfactory opening was compounded when Ibrahimovic seemed to hyper-extend his right knee following an ungainly tumble on a cadence of full-time and was taken off, with Anthony Martial his replacement.
Both teams had their chances during idea in a combined 30 minutes, and after a goalless initial period, Rashford finally grabbed a essential strike that would eventually send United by in a 107th minute.
The round was lumped adult to a soaring Fellaini in a box, and his headed round down was tranquil by Rashford, who incited smartly in a box before prodding in with his left to finish a European scoring hiatus:
BT Sport Football @btsportfootball
Cometh a hour, cometh a man!
Rashford puts Man Utd forward in extra-time! ???? https://t.co/RaxGcvZi0D
Some sorcery on a corner of a box from Martial and Mkhitaryan competence have resulted in a third for United in a failing embers of a game, though a Frenchman was found to be offside as Anderlecht breathed a whine of relief.
The home fans were doing a really same usually seconds after as Romero was forced to tip a late try from a visitors over his bar, and a Red Devils were finally authorised to call themselves semi-finalists as full-time was called.
United will confront heady foe in a semi-finals, and Mourinho knows his group will need vital improvements—particularly during Old Trafford—before they can count this prize as their own.
The Europa League semi-final pull will take place during UEFA’s domicile in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday during 12 p.m. BST/7 a.m. ET.