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Anderlecht 1-1 Man Utd: Red Devils grab away goal

Europa League By: Olakunle Brown | 13/04/2017

Manchester United conceded a late equalizer as Anderlecht held them to a 1-1 draw in the Europa League first leg quarter-final tie in Belgium.

The home side named Frank Acheampong in the starting line-up while highly rated 19-year-old, Youri Tielemans captained.

Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini both dropped to the bench for Michael Carrick and Marcus Rashford while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan started upfront for the visitors.

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Jose Mourinho’s men dominated possession early on but Anderlecht remained compact even in the face of early pressure.

At the other end, the home side thought they had taken the lead when Isaac Kiese Thelin put the ball in the net but he was flagged for offside. United poured forward and nearly grabbed a goal.

A fine ball into Ibrahimovic was pushed away by the goalkeeper into the path of Jesse Lingard but his effort came of the post as the home side escaped.

Mkhitaryan went into the referee’s book for a foul on Tielemans as he desperately tried to stop a breakaway but the Armenian escaped the wrath of his manager when he gave United the lead.

The former Borussia Dortmund star bounced on a rebound from Marcus Rashford shot and scored from close range to give the visitors’ a half-time lead.

Anderlecht began the second half on a blistering pace and Acheampong won a freekick on the edge of the box after he was fouled by Michael Carrick and the England man was booked but nothing came out of the freekick.

At the other end, Matteo Darmian delivered a superb cross into the box which was met by a volley from Mkhitaryan but it went narrowly wide and minutes later, Rashford was a shot saved by Ruben.

With time running out the home side, became adventurous and nearly forced an equalizer but Sofiane Hanni’s shot was deflected wide.

Paul Pogba nearly broke his 14-game goal drought when he received a clever pass from Ibrahimovic but his right foot shot was saved by the goalkeeper.

The home side eventually got their equalizer as Leander Dendoncker headed past Sergio Romero in goal to make it 1-1.