Europa League - Quarter-Final - 1st Leg
Anderlecht1Man Utd1

RSC Anderlecht 1-1 Manchester United

Leander Dendoncker scores
Leander Dendoncker's goal sends the tie back to Old Trafford level

Manchester United were left to rue missed chances as Anderlecht salvaged a late draw to change the complexion of their Europa League quarter-final tie.

Leander Dendoncker got in front of Matteo Darmian to head an equaliser with the Belgian side's first effort on goal four minutes from time.

Until that moment United had subdued the hosts, and deservedly led when Henrikh Mkhitaryan tapped in from a tight angle after Marcus Rashford's shot was spilled in the first half.

But the Armenian side-footed wide when well placed after the break and Paul Pogba fired into the shins of goalkeeper Ruben to leave Jose Mourinho's side vulnerable to the sucker punch landed by 21-year-old Dendoncker.

Improved United undone by late mistake

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored in four successive away European appearances for Manchester United

United's Europa League odyssey this term has taken in disappointing evenings away to Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Rostov, and Mourinho's frustration in Brussels will centre on a decent performance undermined by lax finishing and a late defensive lapse.

Since his last foray into second-tier European competition in 2003, the Portuguese has become accustomed to the bright lights of the Champions League, winning it twice and disparaging predecessor Rafael Benitez's Europa League success after taking over at Chelsea in 2013.

But United's position in the Premier League - four points off the top four with games running out - has forced him to revise his attitude.

For most of the match, his team seemed focused on the task. Just five games away from booking a return to the Champions League - Uefa's sweetener for winning the competition - they looked solid in defence and slick in attack.

For their part, Anderlecht's enterprising young team offered little, deprived of possession and restricted to efforts from distance - but all that changed with Dendoncker's late goal.

United will still fancy their chances of finishing the job at Old Trafford next week, but with more dangerous opponents elsewhere in the draw - notably Lyon and Schalke - similar mistakes could easily derail their progress to May's final.

Rash judgement?

Marcus Rashford
Rashford has eight goals in 42 appearances this season for United

Mourinho claimed that his attackers let down their defensive colleagues in his post-match interview, but it seemed harsh to burden Rashford with a share of the blame after one of his brightest performances of the season.

The 19-year-old - whose goal return was recently questioned by Mourinho - was heavily involved before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 75th minute.

He roamed dangerously from the left, tormenting full-back Dennis Appiah and threatening with a dipping shot from distance before creating the opener as Ruben failed to grasp his sweetly struck shot

His industry in the opposite direction also caught the eye as he diligently tracked Anderlecht's runners.

It was the sort of all-around performance that Mourinho usually demands of his attacking players but, publicly at least, the boss seemed nonplussed.

Man of the match - Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)

Antonio Valencia
The full-back was solid at the back and added an edge in attack for United

Mkhitaryan goal return rivals Ibrahimovic

  • Of players who have scored at least two goals, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (134) has a better minutes-per-goal rate than Mkhitaryan (212) for Manchester United in all competitions this season.
  • The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last four European away games (W2 D2), after losing each of the five before that.
  • Leander Dendoncker scored with Anderlecht's only shot on target of the game.
  • Paul Pogba attempted 127 passes in the game, the fourth-highest total by a player in a Europa League game this season. He is also second with 130 against Zorya Luhansk on 29 September.

What next?

Manchester United play Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday before the second leg at Old Trafford next Thursday. Anderlecht play KV Oostende on Sunday in the Belgian top flight.

Line-ups

Anderlecht

  • 30Martínez
  • 12Appiah
  • 4Kara Mbodji
  • 14Nuytinck
  • 37ObradovicBooked at 67mins
  • 31Tielemans
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 10BrunoSubstituted forChipciuat 58'minutes
  • 73StanciuSubstituted forHanniat 65'minutes
  • 18Acheampong
  • 24ThelinSubstituted forTeodorczykat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Deschacht
  • 5Spajic
  • 11Chipciu
  • 17Capel
  • 23Boeckx
  • 91Teodorczyk
  • 94Hanni

Man Utd

  • 20Romero
  • 25A Valencia
  • 3Bailly
  • 5Rojo
  • 36Darmian
  • 16CarrickBooked at 47mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 14LingardSubstituted forMartialat 63'minutes
  • 22MkhitaryanBooked at 24minsSubstituted forFosu-Mensahat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19RashfordSubstituted forFellainiat 75'minutes
  • 9Ibrahimovic

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 11Martial
  • 17Blind
  • 21Herrera
  • 23Shaw
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 27Fellaini
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
20,060

Match Stats

Home TeamAnderlechtAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, RSC Anderlecht 1, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, RSC Anderlecht 1, Manchester United 1.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ivan Obradovic.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (RSC Anderlecht).

Booking

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United).

Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Frank Acheampong (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Timothy Fosu-Mensah replaces Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Youri Tielemans (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Goal!

Goal! RSC Anderlecht 1, Manchester United 1. Leander Dendoncker (RSC Anderlecht) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Obradovic with a cross.

Offside, Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic tries a through ball, but Anthony Martial is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a cross.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Rubén Martínez.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexandru Chipciu.

Attempt saved. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Attempt missed. Bram Nuytinck (RSC Anderlecht) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Youri Tielemans with a cross following a corner.

Corner, RSC Anderlecht. Conceded by Eric Bailly.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Acheampong.

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofiane Hanni (RSC Anderlecht).

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexandru Chipciu (RSC Anderlecht).

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Lukasz Teodorczyk replaces Isaac Kiese Thelin.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini replaces Marcus Rashford.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (RSC Anderlecht).

Offside, Manchester United. Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Frank Acheampong (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Youri Tielemans (RSC Anderlecht).

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe641186213
2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nic640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz 056231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6402139412
2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakt Donsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3FC RB Salzb62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Buc613257-26
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