Player ratings as squandered chances see Man Utd draw against Anderlecht in Europa League

An exasperated Ibrahimovic after another United draw

An exasperated Ibrahimovic after another United draw

Europa League favourites Manchester United have work to do after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Anderlecht in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

Jose Mourinho's side dominated the first half in Belgium and, after Jesse Lingard had hit the woodwork, Henrikh Mkhitaryan put the visitors ahead in the 37th minute.

But Anderlecht stayed in contention and got their reward three minutes from time through a powerful headed equaliser by Leander Dendoncker.


Marcus Rashford. A constant threat for United and a pacy thorn in Anderlecht's side. The teenager's dipping shot from outside of the box just went wide in the 19th minute after some already testing runs through Anderlecht's defence. Rashford also showed good link-up play with Paul Pogba, was electric at times and was key in Mkhitaryan's opening goal. Rashford struck Antonio Valenicia's swinging cross and forced a stunning save from Ruben Martinez, but Mkhitaryan was in the right place to fire in from a tricky angle. He remained a threat in the second half.


Dendoncker's late equaliser. Manchester United looked to have a huge upper hand ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford after claiming a valuable away goal but Anderlecht midfielder Dendoncker gave the Belgian side real hope with a crucial leveller. The 21-year-old simply wanted to get to the ball more than United's Fellaini and his bullet header flew past goalkeeper Sergio Romero.


The game was a repeat of Manchester United's first ever competitive European match. On that occasion, the Red Devils beat the Belgian side 2-0 in Brussels in the first round of the European Cup in 1956, before thrashing Anderlecht 10-0 in the return leg at Maine Road. The result in Belgium was different on Thursday but Jose Mourinho will still back his side to triumph at Old Trafford.


Manchester United

Sergio Romero 6 (out of 10)

Antonio Valencia 7

Eric Bailly 6

Marcos Rojo 6

Matteo Darmian 6

Michael Carrick 7

Jesse Lingard 6

Paul Pogba 7

Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7

Marcus Rashford 8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 6


Anthony Martial (for Lingard, 63) 5

Marouane Fellaini (for Rashford, 75) 5

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (for Mkhitaryan, 90) 5


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