Manchester United 2 (3) Anderlecht 1 (2) AET – UEFA Europa League Quarter Final 2nd leg photo match report

Luke Shaw, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Michael Carrick, Sergio Romero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all came into the side as United made 5 changes to the team that beat Chelsea.

Argentina’s number 1, Romero started again in the Europa League.

While Anderlecht had players back including top scorer Lukask Teodorczyk.

Just like on Sunday, United took an early lead, but this time Rashford set up Mkhitaryan who finished well from the edge of the box.

But the Armenian’s 5th goal in his last 6 Europa League appearances was cancelled out by Sofiane Hanni after Youri Tielemans strike deflected onto the bar. The vital away goal meant for the rest of the night United knew they’d need 2 if Anderlecht scored again.

United went onto to have lots of chances but could not find a way past Ruben in the Anderlecht goal. And the match went to extra time, as did 2 of the other 3 Quarter Finals.

But it was Marcus Rashford who turned well in the box and placed his shot past Ruben, after a great flick on by Marouane Fellaini, sending United into the Semi Finals.

The only downside for United were the potentially long term injuries to top scorer Ibrahimovic and key defender Marcos Rojo.


Into the Semi Finals of the Europa League.

Manchester United 2 Chelsea 0 – Premier League photo match report

Manchester United rested Michael Carrick, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the Europa League Quarter Final second leg.

Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and David De Gea all came into the side.

Chelsea were forced to bring in both Asmir Begovic (Due to Courtois ankle injury) and Kurt Zouma (after Marcos Alonso got injured in the warm up).

The Premier League trophy was on show before the game with Chelsea 4 points clear of Spurs in the race for the title.

United started quickly and Marcus Rashford gave them a deserved lead. The 19 year old latched onto a fantastic Ander Herrera through ball to beat Begovic and score his 5th Premier League goal of the season.

While Herrera was also tasked with stopping Premier League Player of the Season nominee, Eden Hazard, following the Belgian wherever he went to great effect. With Matteo Darmian doing a similar job on the other side against Pedro. Mourinho’s tactics worked perfectly, nullifying the Chelsea wingers, leaving Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly a 2 v 1 against Diego Costa.

But Herrera made the difference when United had the ball too. Adding a goal to his assist. He ran onto Ashley Young’s pull back early in the second half and shot past Begovic with the aid of a deflection.

While Chelsea had the majority of possession at 2-0, they failed to register a shot on target. Ashley Young blazed three shots wide and over, while Rashford looked for his second, shooting into the side netting in the second half.

While Rashford and Herrera got the goals, this was a team performance from MUFC with every player giving ‘everything’ as asked for by José Mourinho before the game.

The result meant Manchester United’s unbeaten league run stretched to 22 games. A run which has been salvaged three times by late goals (Home v Liverpool and Everton, Away v Stoke).

It was Chelsea’s 2nd defeat in 4 league games, after losing to Crystal Palace at home at the start of April. But, a favourable run in still has them favourites to lift the title in May.

United now have only 2 league home games left against Swansea and Crystal Palace. While they have 5 away games in tough end to the league season.

MUFC now face Anderlecht in the second leg of the Europa League Quarter Final on 20th April, looking to reach the last four of a competition that still seems the most likely route to Champions League qualification for next season.


Manchester United 1 Everton 1 – Premier League photo match report

The South Stand and Munich Tunnel ahead of the 8pm kick off at Old Trafford.


Injured Chris Smalling arrives at Old Trafford, signing autographs for fans.


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The England international was wearing a brace on his right leg as he recovers from a long-term injury which he picked up on international duty.


Manchester United welcomed back both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera from suspension. But Paul Pogba was only fit enough for the bench on his return from injury.


Marcus Rashford (above) started on the left, with Jesse Lingard on the right and Ibrahimovic up front. Daley Blind came in at left back, with Ashley Young moving to right back as Antonio Valencia was rested.


Everton scored first when Phil Jagielka poked home after Ashley Williams’ flick on from a corner.


United then hit the bar twice, first from Herrera who was following up Daley Blind’s brilliant free kick, which was well saved by Joel Robles and then from half-time sub, Paul Pogba who headed against the bar. The world’s most expensive player has now hit the woodwork 9 times this season in all competitions. A figure matched by only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.


Zlatan had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside when he headed in past Robles at the back post with 20 minutes to go.

 United now travel to Sunderland on Sunday (1.30pm BST), before heading to Brussels, Belgium to face Anderlecht in the Europa League Quarter Final 1st leg.

Manchester United 0 West Bromwich Albion 0 – Premier League photo match report

The Manchester United team bus arrives at Old Trafford. United were missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera through suspension.


While Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were also sidelined, through injury.


Matty Willock, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe all made the bench. It was the first time Willock made the 1st team match day squad.


The teams come out, West Brom started with all three of their Ex-United players, Ben Foster, Jonny Evans and captain Darren Fletcher.


In the first half, Anthony Martial had two shots deflected wide.


While, Henrikh Mkhitaryan forced Foster into making a good block when the Armenian went through one-on-one.


Marcus Rashford’s shot from outside the box also led to a great save from Foster.


Not long later, Rashford struck a free kick which was heading for the top corner before Foster got across to tip it wide for a corner.


West Brom’s only shot on target came when Darren Fletcher’s effort was tipped onto the bar and gathered by David De Gea.


United now face Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday 4th April looking to get back to winning ways.