Monday 11 December 2017

Player ratings as Manchester United battle past Anderlecht in the Europa League

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford dragged United into the Europa League semi-finals
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford dragged United into the Europa League semi-finals

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Marcus Rashford sent Manchester United into the Europa League semi-finals after Anderlecht took Jose Mourinho's side to extra-time in a breathless encounter.

England's last European representatives came into the quarter-final second leg boosted by Sunday's surprisingly dominant win against Premier League leaders Chelsea and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's away goal.

The Armenian struck again early on but United were given a scare, with Anderlecht captain Sofiane Hanni bringing the tie level, before Rashford capped a man-of-the-match display with the goal that secured a 2-1 extra-time win, sending United through 3-2 on aggregate.


Rashford. After enduring some struggles this season, the 19-year-old is now well and truly generating excitement again. The extra-time winner he netted in delightful fashion was just reward for an eye-catching performance in which he also teed up Mkhitaryan's goal and at one point produced an outrageous rabona cross.


United sustained some notable damage while securing their semi-final place, with top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic hobbling down the tunnel immediately after normal time following an awkward landing, and Marcos Rojo having departed the field on a stretcher in the first half - another blow for the Red Devils' defence, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling already sidelined.


Anderlecht put on an impressive show here, as did their vocal travelling support - something acknowledged by Mourinho after the final whistle as he went over to applaud them.


Manchester United

Sergio Romero 6 (out of 10)

Antonio Valencia 6

Eric Bailly 6

Marcos Rojo 5

Luke Shaw 6

Michael Carrick 6

Paul Pogba 6

Marcus Rashford 8

Jesse Lingard 6

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 5


Daley Blind (for Rojo, 23 mins) 5

Marouane Fellaini (for Lingard, 60) 6

Anthony Martial (for Ibrahimovic, 91) 5

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