RSC Anderlecht vs Manchester United
Manchester United came up against Belgian side RSC Anderlecht in this Europa League 1/4 Final. The first leg took place inside the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.
Jose Mourinho’s men were pushed hard by a very tough Anderlecht side, sure to the average fan this one is a walkover for Manchester United. However, to anybody who knows the Belgian side, this one was going to be a tricky fixture for the Red Devils.
United started well as they dominated the first half and controlled everything. The United pressure finally got too much for Anderlecht when Armenian international Henrik Mkhitaryan scored from close range to make it 1-0 in the 36th minute.
Anderlecht picked up their game slightly in the second half, but United still controlled pretty much everything and weren’t put into too much trouble. However, this all changed late on when Leander Dendoncker jumped highest above everyone else to head the ball past United ‘keeper Sergio Romero to make it 1-1. Dendoncker’s header came late in the game in the 86th minute meaning that once again United had failed to close out another game this season.
The late goal will surely be a big blow to United, they don’t necessarily need to win as they have the lead on away goals. Although, I highly doubt that Jose Mourinho will want to solely rely on the away goal, he’ll want his team to press on and finish this game off in the second leg in Manchester.
I think that United have a strong chance of progressing in the tournament and even going on to win it. Also, with the way the Premier League is shaping up, it seems as if United’s only hope at the moment of qualifying for the Champions League next season is to win this season’s Europa League.