Manchester United were expected to beat Anderlecht without too much trouble at Old Trafford this evening following last week’s 1-1 draw in Belgium.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side spurned a host of glorious opportunities to kill the tie off and the second leg subsequently went to extra-time.
United took the lead in the 10th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan but were pegged back before half-time when Sofiane Hanni smashed past Sergio Romero.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford all had great chances to put the tie to bed before extra-time, but they went begging.
However, in the first minute of extra-time, the Red Devils came close to scoring one of the greatest goals of all time. No, really.
Almost the greatest goal ever
Rashford beat a couple of Anderlecht players before spinning on the byline and producing a magnificent rabona cross.
It turned out to be a perfect cross for Pogba, whose well-executed overhead kick appeared to be heading in.
Cruelly, we were denied what would have been a ridiculously good goal by Uro Spajic’s block inside the six-yard box.
Watch: Rashford and Pogba almost score the best goal ever
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rashford and Pogba’s attempted wondergoal…
Rashford the hero for United
Less than 20 minutes later, however, and Rashford produced the all-important winning goal.
United are now through to the Europa League semi-finals and in with an excellent chance of winning the tournament for the first time in their history.
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