Manchester United v Anderlecht - As it happened

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Manchester United v Anderlecht - As it happened

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Manchester United v Anderlecht - As it happened

Manchester United are through to the semi-finals, but it was not without drama and suffering. Mkhitaryan put the hosts in front only for Hanni to equalise. Nobody was able to separate the two teams until the second half of extra time, when Rashford made up for wasted chances to send his team through.

The end

Romero saves!

A header from Mbodji was sent behind by the keeper.

Goal disallowed!

Martial scored but he was clearly offside.

Anderlecht pushing for a goal

The Belgians turning the screw in the final minutes and the United defence looking shaky.

United close!

Pogba's shot was saved by Ruben, with the Belgian's now forced to take more risks.

United lead!

Finally Rashford gets his goal. Fellaini brought the ball down in the box for the striker and his left-footed strike took a touch off the defender as Ruben could only get his fingertips to it.


Anderlecht kick the second half off!

Half time

Fifteen minutes to go of extra time and if there is still no separating these sides, it will be a penalty shoot-out.

Chance Anderlecht!

Romero spills the long shot from Tielemans and Kiese Thelin almost gets to the rebound.

Goal disallowed!

Fellaini brought the ball down in the box for Pogba who finished, but the Belgian had fouled his marker.

Yellow card Appiah

And a dangerous free kick for United at the byline.

That was close from the visitors!

A long shot from left-back Obradovic and it was not far off after taking the slightest of touches.

Chance United!

It would have been spectacular. Rashford with the rabona cross from the right, and Pogba rises for an overhead kick which is cleared by the defender.

The hosts get us underway!

It's 30 more minutes for this game.

Martial is on for Ibrahimovic

We're into extra time...

Still level here at Old Trafford, and Ibrahimovic is still down and receiving treatment. United might have to face extra time without the Swede.

The end

Ibrahimovic is down

The striker is grasping his knee and it looks serious. The replay shows he bent awkwardly as he landed.

2 added minutes

If nobody scores we are through to extra time...

Rashford... again!

Incredible from United. They have dominated the entire half and have had plenty of chances to take the lead. This time Ibrahimovic with a clever ball for Rashford, but he hits the side-netting.

Rashford finishes... but is offside!

The striker thinks he is through and blasts the ball past Ruben, but he is called for offside. The replay shows he wasn't...

Another chance for United!

Ibrahimovic is through on goal again, but he volleys wide.

Pogba huge chance!

The corner kick is into the six yard box where Pogba meets it but fires well over Ruben.

Man Utd applying the pressure now

This is what Mourinho was talking about after the first leg. United have let some excellent chances go to waste in the second half and they might live to regret them. At the moment they are sustaining the pressure for the first time since the opening minutes of the first half.

What did Ibrahimovic miss?!

The ball falls to the striker, just a few yards out and unmarked, and he fails to put the ball past Ruben in very unfamiliar fashion.

Rashford again!

The teenager with yet another chance wasted. He goes round the keeper, but then fails to finish as his angle closes.

Manchester United close!

Rashford again as Ibrahimovic heads a long ball down for the youngster who shoots wide of the post.

Double substitution Anderlecht

Hanni and Chipciu make way for Stanciu and Bruno.

Chance for Man Utd!

Good build-up play from side to side and the ball falls for Rashford who blazes into the stands.

Fellaini replaces Lingard

Mourinho will seek more control in the midfield, as Anderlecht are getting through very easily.

Nervy from United

It could be a nerve-wrecking half for Man Utd. They are looking unconvincing at the back.

What a chance United!

Great move now as Rashford plays Shaw into the box down the left. The left-back drills across and Lingard cannot connect cleanly. An inch or two away from taking the lead.

First chance Anderlecht

United breathe a sigh of relief after Teodorczyk's shot is deflected for a corner. It was as simple as a long ball to get through on goal. If the Belgians score it is pretty much game over for Mourinho's team.

Anderlecht get the ball rolling!

We're back!

The players jump back out for a crucial forty-five minutes. Season-defining for the home side.

Half time

United began the game superbly and managed to take the lead through a Mkhitaryan strike. The away team, however, fought back and managed to equalise with Hanni's goal. It is all level going into the second half.

2 minutes of stoppage time

Mkhitaryan shot off target!

Pogba found the Armenian with a dink and he blazed his shot way over the bar. Should have done better there.

Man Utd recover the intensity

Although the ball possession has been levelled by Anderlecht, the home side have brought back the spark from the earlier minutes of the half.

Chance for United!

The hosts try to bounce back with Anderlecht putting the pressure on. Rashford is fast down the left and blast a shot into the near post, but the keeper sends for a corner kick.

Anderlecht draw level!

It had been coming. Tielemans' shot is deflected on to the bar and, after a scuffle in the area, Hanni shoots past Romero.


Romero blocks!

Tielemans shot was comfortable for the keeper. Anderlecht beginning to gain more presence.

Dangerous free kick for the Belgians

Pogba brings down Hanni at the edge of the box.

Anderlecht come close!

Dendoncker drags his shot wide after he had been set up well by Appiah. It took a deflection and it's out for a corner.

Rojo cannot continue

Blind is ready to replace the defender, who is carried off with hands covering his face.

Chance Anderlecht!

Acheampong was through on goal and his finish whistles inches past the post and on to the side-netting.

Rojo back on

The defender limps back on.

Rojo is down

He seems to have taken a knock on his knee. Blind warming up.

Man Utd in control

The goal has been a huge setback for Anderlecht, and United have upped the tempo in the last few minutes. They could be two or three up if not for Ruben.

Another save Ruben!

The hosts not satisfied and looking for the second. Lingard curls a ball into the far post, but the keeper clears behind. United do not want to rest in their laurels.

Chance United!

Pogba rose in the box to head Mkhitaryan's corner kick, but Ruben palms his effort over the bar.

Yellow card Tielemans

The midfielder pulled down Rashford as he was away. He would miss the next match.

Man Utd take the lead!

Mkhitaryan again! Rashford finds the Armenian at the edge of the box and he strikes well past Ruben.


First shot Anderlecht!

United had begun on the front foot, but it is the away team who strike first with a long dipping shot from Dendoncker. Excellent strike from the first-leg goalscorer.

Man Utd get us underway!

Great turn out from the Belgian supporters who are making plenty of noise.

And the teams are out!

Great atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams. It's time for a magical European night!

Not long till kick off!

Fans are on their feet cheering as the teams wait in the tunnel. They are aware of the importance of Europa League success for next season's Champions League aspirations.

Live updates from Old Trafford as Manchester United look for a Europa League semi-final spot against Anderlecht.

Both teams warming up at Old Trafford!

Things not looking promising for the Belgians...

Anderlecht visit Old Trafford, where Manchester United will try to put the tie to bed after the first-leg draw in Belgium. Mkhitaryan gave the Red Devils the lead before Dendoncker equalised late in the game. Man Utd will go into the match in high spirits after victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea, but Mourinho will want to avoid any surprises against the Belgian champions.

Official lineups for today's match:

Manchester United: Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Pogba, Carrick, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: De Gea, Rooney, Martial, Blind, Young, Herrera, Fellaini.

Anderlecht: Ruben Martinez, Appiah, Mbodji, Spajic, Obradovic, Chipciu, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Hanni, Acheampong, Teodorczyk.

Subs: Boeckx, Deschacht, Bruno, Nuytinck, Diego Capel, Thelin.

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