Gary Lineker makes big claim about Marcus Rashford on Twitter

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Manchester United certainly made their second leg Europa League quarter-final with Anderlecht harder work than it should have been on Thursday night.

It should have been plain sailing for Jose Mourinho's men after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had given them the lead early on, only for Sofiane Hanni to equalise before half-time.

Despite having the various good chances to score again, Man United's supporters were made to wait until extra time for Marcus Rashford to hit the winner and end Anderlecht's run in the competition.

It wasn't all good news for Mourinho, however, as both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up serious-looking injuries during the 2-1 win.

Ibrahimovic's knee problem was particularly nasty but did free up Rashford to play down the middle for the rest of the game, where he had a much bigger impact on proceedings.

The young England forward looked dangerous throughout the match but wasted some golden opportunities to seal the victory well before extra-time.

Nevertheless, it was still another promising performance from Rashford and he earned lavish praise from Gary Lineker on Twitter.

The Match of the Day host even claimed that Rashford was the most exciting young player he had seen for a long time.

The 19-year-old's stats were certainly impressive. He registered 30 completed passes, five shots, three chances created, an assist and a goal, as per Squawka.

And yet Lineker was still forced to defend his bold claim to some who disagreed.

When someone accused him of forgetting about fellow bright prospects Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, Lineker responded: "Don't be silly. I watch more games of football than I eat bags of crisps. They're both great young talents. Do we need to get competitive?" And that wasn't the only tweet the ex-England striker fired back at critics.

Rashford certainly picked up plenty of praise for his performance by his manager.

Notoriously hard to impress, Mourinho says Rashford has earned his complete trust - even when he isn't scoring.

"Some players don't know what makes me trust a player but Marcus I trust," Mourinho told BT Sport.

"At 1-1 you are at risk. Okay you speak about his (Rashford's) qualities but he was not scoring a goal since September. I kept the confidence in him."

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