Old Trafford hasn’t produced many good results domestically, but Manchester United once again forced to rely on their home game to progress in Europe. They played a 1-1 draw against Andrelecht in their Europa League quarterfinal first leg held at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave a first half lead to United in 36th minute, but Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker forced the visitors to share the spoil with his late header in 85th minute.
United had a great start in the Belgium as away team. Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes close to scoring in the early minutes and Mkhitaryan had given them the deserved lead, but Anderlecht’s 21-year-old star Dendoncker twisted the tail at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. His 85th minute header left the tie open, and it will be decided next week at Old Trafford now.
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Manchester United got the same away result in their last 16 tie against Rostov in Russia, which they won 1-0 at home to progress to this round. Jose Mourinho will be expecting a good night at Old Trafford next week, which he has managed throughout the season in European games, but he should also worry about their domestic home run, it may haunt them in European game as well.
Linegard should have killed the match in first-half itself when he hit the woodwork. Pogba could have done better with his late chance as he blew it into the sky. Jose Mourinho said in his after match comments,”we have to kill matches, we had chances, we had control, but in one mistake we were punished.”
In the other matches of the night, Celta Vigo managed a 3-2 home victory against Genk – the another Belgian side. Ajax produced a cleansheet at home as they get past Schalke 2-0, whereas Lyon dramatically changed the course of the action against Besiktas after trailing 1-0 for 80 minutes. Les Gones won the match 2-1 to keep their semifinal berth alive.