Manchester United vs Anderlecht - as it happened: Marcus Rashford strikes in extra-time to end Belgian's resistance

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Manchester United progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League with an extra-time win over a dogged Anderlecht.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the home side the lead within the first ten minutes and United looked to be on course for an easy win.

But Sofiane Hanni leveled the scores, leaving United to require an extra-time goal from Marcus Rashford to progress to the last four.

Relive all of the action below.

Live Updates

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the second-leg of Manchester United's Europa League quarter-final tie against Anderlecht. 
 
Team news coming your way very shortly... 
Manchester United team news:
Anderlecht team news:
And once again for the traditionalists...
 
Man Utd: Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Carrick, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.
Subs: de Gea, Rooney, Martial, Blind, Young, Ander Herrera, Fellaini. 

Anderlecht: Ruben Martinez, Appiah, Mbodji, Spajic, Obradovic, Chipciu, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Hanni, Acheampong, Teodorczyk. 
Subs: Boeckx, Deschacht, Bruno, Nuytinck, Diego Capel, Thelin, Stanciu. 
 
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Pamplona) 
Old Trafford is looking busy in the hour ahead of kick-off...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anderlecht's preparation for this match wasn't exactly entirely conventional, with the team warming up with a light workout in Castlefield park.

The Belgian side, who are level at 1-1 with Jose Mourinho's men following the first leg, were filmed kicking a ball about in Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, 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.

Mourinho sure on Shaw?
 
So, once again, the much-maligned Luke Shaw returns to the side. I've lost count of how many times Mourinho has handed this lad another chance - whether rightly or wrongly. The fact he once again features today suggests, though, that the United boss may still see some value in Shaw - despite repeatedly criticising the full-back for his alleged poor behaviour in training. Either way, it's down to Shaw tonight to prove his worth and demonstrate to Mourinho why he deserves a future at Old Trafford.
Carrick on Anderlecht...
 
And here's what Mourinho has had to say, courtesy of BT Sport:
 
 
It is impossible to play every match unless you are the only central defenders we have in the team, because we have a lot of matches.
 
It is important to do some rotation because on Sunday we have another important match.
 
If we have the same kind of attitude, pressing high, being strong, being intense, recover the ball as fast as possible, it is easy for the attacking players to have more in the ball. In the end it is a collective instinct.
Ominous... 
 
The supporters are in the stadium!
 
Here's the Anderlecht boys...
 
 
And the United lads...
 
 
Thank god for crowd segregation 'ey, because that doesn't particularly look like a fair fight. 
The teams are on the pitch! And the sound system is currently blaring out the two-bob version of the Champions League anthem which - in case you haven't heard it - is pish. 
 
Kick-off is just moments away!
Anderlecht have SIX players on yellow cards heading into this match, including their entire midfield. They're going to have to be very careful this evening.
1 min: Here we go! United kick-off and are instantly on the front-foot, with Valencia winning a throw deep into Anderlecht territory. 
3 mins: So close from the away side!
 
First Acheampong gets on the ball down the left and edges his way into the box, but he drags his shot well wide and it's hacked clear by Rojo.
 
The ball falls to Dendoncker around 35-yards out and seemingly in a completely harmless position, but he attempts to catch Romero unawares with a vicious, dipping drive from distance. It whistles off his boot and only narrowly goes over!
5 mins: Mkhitaryan brings the ball forward for United and looks to have shrugged off the attentions of Appiah, but the defender gets a foot in and halts his progress. The Belgians sweep forward on the counter but Carrick disposses Tielemans with a thumping challenge. 
 
It's been a great end to end start and Anderlecht certainly aren't here to sit deep and defend. 
GOAL! Manchester United 1 Anderlecht 0 (Mkhitaryan '9)
 
 
The European scoring specialist gives United the lead! 
10 mins: That was a really nice goal from Mkhitaryan, even if Anderlecht's defending left a lot to be desired. Pogba released Rashford down the left with an utterly fantastic pass, and the forward looks to square the ball to Ibrahimovic.
 
The ball is intercepted and deflects back to Rashford but rather than take on the shot himself, he gives it to Mkhitaryan running into the box. The Armenian is in space and is able to take a touch before driving the ball past Ruben. 
13 mins: United could, and probably should, be two up. First Pogba rises highest to meet Mkhitaryan's corner, but Ruben does very well to tip his effort around the post.
 
And then Lingard tries his luck from distance with a wonderful fizzed effort, which Ruben again tips around his left post with a superb flying stop.  
 
16 mins: Hanni looks to release Acheampong over the top but Valencia is alert to the danger. After that end-to-end opening five-minutes, United have looked very much in control. 

What time is kick-off?

The match starts will begin at 8.05pm.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown on BT Sport 2.

Preview

Jose Mourinho decided to rest his star men Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday, in a huge risk that happened to pay off. With a crucial mid-week tie at home to Belgian side Anderlecht lurking and with Zlatan's game-time requiring careful management (he has already appeared 45 times for the club this season), a rest could only be a good thing.

United will be without Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Juan Mata, who all miss out due to injury. But Wayne Rooney will likely return to the bench, after the striker recovered from an ankle injury. United will be in a jubilant mood following their 2-0 win over Chelsea and we can expect them to come down hard on the Belgian side as seek a spot in the semi-finals.

Anderlecht currently sit top of the Jupiler League and have not lost in their past seven matches. A win over United would give them their first semi-finals in a European competition since 1990. At first glance it looks a tall ask for the Belgian side, who don’t boast the class or big names that United possess, but having forced a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg, the tie remains open.

It’s a big game for…

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Mourinho has repeatedly criticised his young full-back in the press (Getty)

Luke Shaw. The defender may be given a chance to finally prove himself under Jose Mourinho. He wasn’t in Mourinho’s starting eleven against Chelsea on Sunday and could well be given a chance this evening, Shaw will have a lot of work to do to counter the recent criticism of him by the United boss.

Remember when...

Tomasz Radzinski scored both goals for the Belgians in a famous 2-1 win?

Player to watch…

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The forward was in superb form against Chelsea (Getty)

Marcus Rashford. The young striker may have big shoes to fill next season. It has yet to be decided where Zlatan will be next season and Rashford may be next in line for the throne should the Swede choose not to remain at United.

Rashford had a cracking game against Chelsea where he stunned the Premier League leaders with the opening goal. He is a man in form and will pose a stern test to the Anderlecht defence.

Form…

Manchester United: WDWDDW
​Anderlecht: WDDWWW

Odds…

Manchester United to win: 11/50
Draw: 5/1
​Anderlecht to win: 12/1

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