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Summary

  1. Rashford slots home winner in extra time to give Utd 3-2 aggregate victory
  2. Home side were made to hold on in the closing stages
  3. United squander host of chances in normal time
  4. Ibrahimovic suffers serious-looking knee injury

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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'Nothing easy in the semi-finals'

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Manchester United

More from Jose Mourinho on his side's chase for Champions League football: "When it is not mathematically possible to qualify through the Premier League is when we put everything into the Europa League.

"It is an important title and we have to keep going. Today showed how difficult it is. We are not expecting anything easy in the semi-finals".  

I trust Marcus

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Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to BT Sport: "We had 17 shots and 10 on target, something like that, but the game was difficult. You look through the numbers and someone might think it was total dominance but it wasn't like that. 

"When we put one more player in midfield we started controlling the game. It is always a risk when it is 1-1 - but from that moment it was a question of scoring and not conceding which was hard."

On teenager goalscorer Marcus Rashford: "You speak about his qualities and they are fantastic. But mentality he is excellent. He hadn't scored since September, some players don't understand what I want but Marcus I trust. It doesn't matter if he doesn't score - he is fantastic in his effort and attitude."

On the injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo: "I dont think the are easy injuries but I prefer to wait until all the tests are done and then speak. I can't do that because I am a manager not a doctor. 

"But the news is fairly negative I think."

Bad injury news

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the initial prognosis of the injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo is "fairly negative".

Full quotes to come.

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Marcus Rashford is a superstar, no doubt. Manchester United created chance after chance after chance and eventually they put one away. It was a deserved win.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic landed awkwardly, his knee jerked and hyper-extended backwards. I'll be surprised if he plays again this season and the same goes for Marcos Rojo. They both looked very nasty.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Maxime Gonalons nets the winning penalty for Lyon, to edge the French side past Besiktas and into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Man Utd 2-1 Anderlecht (agg: 3-2)

Manchester United

Manchester United match-winner Marcus Rashford, speaking to BT Sport: "All you can do is keep trying to create chances, that's what we kept doing and we pinned them back. 

"We had a lot of chances and could have scored but sometimes games go like that. We got one in the end."

On missing a couple of good chances before scoring the winner: "You just have to keep going and hope you get another chance. We've done it the hard way but none of that matters now."

Marcus Rashford
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Elsewhere in Europe...

OK both sides have now missed their seventh spot-kicks.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Some stunning penalties being taken by both Besiktas and Lyon, with both sides netting from their first six efforts.

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Manchester United

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick, speaking to BT Sport: "We did not start well because we did not capitalise on the goal. We created a few chances and didn't take them again - we thought it might be one of those nights. But we're through - that's what you have to do."

On prioritising the Premier League or the Europa League as they aim for Champions League qualification: "People are saying 'what do we prioritise'? We've got to fire on all fronts. We have got a duty to do that. There is great belief in the squad, a great atmosphere and we hope to carry it on.

On injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo: "It is disappointing. Hopefully it is not too serious because they are two big players for us."

Michael Carrick
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Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho went over to acknowledge the travelling support of Anderlecht - he was standing in front of the travelling contingent, nodding his head and applauding them.

I think that is a clear sign of Mourinho hailing their unwavering support - and maybe, who knows, a slight dig at the Manchester United fans who were not as vocal.

Jose Mourinho
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Elsewhere in Europe...

A late away goal breaks Schalke hearts as Ajax go through on away goals.

Celta Vigo got the job done in normal time but a thrilling encounter between Besiktas and Lyon has gone to penalties. 

Definitely into the semi-finals are:

Ajax

Celta Vigo  

Man Utd

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Job done for Manchester United, we shall wait to see what boss Jose Mourinho made of tonight's victory.

They can now prepare for Sunday's Premier League trip to Burnley.  

Jose Mourinho shakes hands with Leander Dendoncker
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Elsewhere in Europe...

Oooh big goal for Ajax. They were on their way out of the Europa League but Nick Viergever has pulled a goal back at Schalke.

The German side lead 3-1 on the night but crucially it is 3-3 on aggregate and Ajax are going through on away goals...

FULL-TIME

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There goes the referee's whistle.

United hold on and Marcus Rashford is the match winner.

The Red Devils sneak through to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United
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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Luke Shaw did ever so well. He just got his body in the way.

CLOSE!

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Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji rises highest to the cross...

...which flies inches over the crossbar.

That was the chance.

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Anderlecht are breaking clear, oh my...

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Another goal chalked off for Manchester United.

Anthony Martial is the goalscorer but his effort is ruled out after being caught offside by Henrikh Mkhitaryan's pass.

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Anderlecht lumping on the pressure late on in this match.

The United defence holding on by their fingernails.

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

What a chance! Frank Acheampong was onside as well. He has got to score.

CLOSE!

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And Anderlecht do get a glorious chance.

A bit of pinball sees Kara Mbodji head the ball back into the six yard box towards Frank Acheampong.

The Anderlecht man flicks an effort on, which is heading to the bottom corner, but Sergio Romero - cool as you like - collects the ball.

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FIVE minutes remaining. Anderlecht have one more chance in them, surely...?

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Marcus Rashford has had a hand in four goals in his last four appearances for United. That's as many as he had in his previous 33 games.

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

Marcus Rashford has been world class tonight, the way he has gone past people. His performance has been magnificent.

The future for England with Rashford and Dele Alli is bright if they can produce on the international stage.

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Seven minutes left, a goal for Anderlecht means they will go through. Can they...?

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Stuart Mitchell: I'll call this one very early. Marcus Rashford will break Wayne Rooney's goal scoring record at Man Utd.

KN: Let's lock it up now. A second Anderlecht goal will knock us out. Chance for a breakaway goal though.

ADZundefined: Watch the entire game and they can't score go to the loo& missed the goal #doh

Marcus Rashford celebrates
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CLOSE!

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Poor finish from Paul Pogba, as the ball drops to his feet inside the box.

The Frenchman's low shot lacks power and Ruben Martinez can get down to his right to push the ball to safety.

He should have put the game to bed there.

10 minutes left, no penalties remember. Can United close the game out?

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

A brilliant goal by Marcus Rashford. His composure, the way he controlled the ball, the Cruyff turn to set himself... A lovely bit of skill. It is a deserved lead.

Rashford has been magnificent. He is a real superstar.

United lead in extra time

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Old Trafford erupts.

Daley Blind plays a long ball to the head of Marouane Fellaini, who finds Marcus Rashford with his knock down.

The United striker has plenty to do, but generates his opening brilliantly with a drag back which puts two Anderlecht players out of the game.

Onto his left, Rashford strokes the ball into the back of the net before wheeling off in front of the Stretford End to celebrate.

The young Englishman likes this competition.

Marcus Rashford celebrates
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GOAL - Man Utd 2-1 Anderlecht (agg: 3-2)

Marcus Rashford (108 mins)

Is that the winner??

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United boss Jose Mourinho seemed to kiss a lucky charm before placing it back into his pocket.

Will that help his side?

KICK-OFF

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Anderlecht get the final 15 minutes under way.

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Robbie Savage

Ex-Leicester City & Wales midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

It has been fascinating, brilliant to watch. But Manchester United are again missing chances. Anderlecht's best opportunity is getting to penalties.

HALF-TIME

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A quick break for the players and they can take on fluids in half time of extra time.

Elsewhere in Europe...

Schalke have turned their tie with Ajax right on its head! 

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the German scored twice to make it 2-2 on aggregate and take the game to extra time. Now they've gone ahead in the tie with Daniel Caligiuri making it 3-0 on the night.

Daniel Caligiuri celebrates
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CLOSE!

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Oooof, nearly a howler.

Youri Tielemans lets fly with a low, rasping strike from outside the box, it is straight at Sergio Romero who spills it, but gets up quickly enough to gather at the second attempt.