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Manchester United 2-1 Anderlecht: Marcus Rashford scores in extra time

Manchester United have beaten Anderlecht 2-1 after extra-time at Old Trafford to reach the Europa League semi-finals, 3-2 on aggregate.

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 triumph.

Victory saw Mourinho's men stumble a step closer to the Stockholm finale 3-2 on aggregate, but the Old Trafford quarter-final second leg proved costly as Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sustained what appear to be serious injuries.

Few could have foreseen such an arduous evening after Mkhitaryan's fifth goal in six Europa League matches, but impressive Anderlecht went into half-time level after Hanni reacted quickest to Youri Tielemans' deflected effort rebounding off the crossbar.

United's desperation to avoid an embarrassing exit was matched by the visitors' desire to win on English soil for the first time, leading to a thrilling second half that came to an excruciating end for Ibrahimovic.

The veteran Swede's enforced exit after landing awkwardly saw Rashford lead the line and the outrageously-talented 19-year-old struck the decisive blow, showing wonderful composure and skill to strike a 107th-minute winner.

Match preview

Anderlecht warmed up for their Europa League quarter-final second leg with Manchester United with a light workout in a city centre park.

The Belgian side, who are level at 1-1 with Jose Mourinho's men following the first leg, were filmed in Castlefield in Manchester on Thursday morning.

Players were shown kicking a ball about in Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, just off Liverpool Road, in a video posted on Twitter by user @robpim1982.

Some of the Anderlecht team then set off for a light jog around the park, while another group walked past the individual filming their exploits, with one player excitedly waving at the camera as he went past.

The cameraman wished the players luck for their match and welcomed them to Manchester, with a couple of players thanking him as they walked by.

Anderlecht face United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening for a place in the last four of the Europa League.

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