Date: 21st April 2017 at 12:18pm
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Last night, at Old Trafford, Manchester United edged into the semi-finals, of the Europa League, after a tense battle with the Belgian side, Anderlecht.

With the quarter-final tie evenly balanced after the first-leg, it appeared that United, with the benefit of the away goal from the Brussels fixture, were set to ease into the semi-final when, in the tenth minute, Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored with a low shot.

But Anderlecht, who have never won a European fixture on English soil, weren`t prepared to lay down and die and in the thirty-second minute levelled the tie on the night and on aggregate.

The goal was a scrappy affair but the delight on the face of the scorer Sofiane Hanni, told how much it meant to the Belgian side.

As was the case in the first leg, Manchester United were guilty of some woeful finishing with chances going begging.

The balance of the side was also affected when both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo were forced out of the action. Rojo`s night ended in the first half whilst Ibrahimovic was carried away late in the second half with what looked like a serious knee injury.

With the second half brought to an end Manchester United were forced into extra-time in a tie they should have won comfortably.

Thankfully, the need for a farcical penalty shoot-out was avoided when Marcus Rashford scored for the second consecutive game when he collected a knockdown from Marouane Fellaini to turn smartly and provide and excellent finish.

Manchester United march on into the last four of the competition whilst Anderlecht`s record of never winning a European tie on English soil continues.